Latest from Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP Select

We are very excited to announce that Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is now available in the UK, Germany and France, in addition to the US.  You have the opportunity to earn more money and reach more readers by enrolling your titles in KDP Select. The KDP Select Global Fund for November is $700,000.

In the month of October KDP Select-enrolled authors earned $2.36 each time their books were borrowed.

If you are an enrolled author you can see your results here. For more information about KDP Select, please click here. For more information about the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, please click here.


Announcing KDP in Japan

We are very excited to announce Kindle Direct Publishing is now available in Japan!  Your KDP published books are now available in the Japanese Kindle store, provided you had indicated rights to distribute in Japan when publishing your book.  To review your preferences for a title sold in Japan, simply visit your KDP bookshelf. Visit kdp.amazon.co.jp to publish your books in Japanese, or any KDP supported language, and you can experience chats in the Community Forum or interactions with customer service in Japanese.


Marketing Tidbit of the Month
How to Connect with Your Readers

What is best-selling author Karen McQuestion’s secret to connecting with her fans? Establish a personal connection with readers by holding drawings on your blogs and social media where you give away copies of your books. When you send out the book to the winner, include a personal note and encourage them to write a review on Amazon. Don’t take your readers for granted and respond to your reader’s comments on social media and on your blog. For more tips on connecting with your readers from our CreateSpace friends, please click here.

So what's your Online Reputation? Have you checked lately?

Diana went into detail about Google Plus Local for us on the first video. And explained what has changed within Google and why that was so important.

Now, Diana will go into more details about Reputation Marketing and why you need to know what to do for going forward. Enjoy (and take a few notes!)

Would you like to connect with Diana or ask her a question about “Reputation Marketing”? Connect with Diana through her fan page at: http://facebook.com/ARKtech

Have you reviewed your "Reputation Marketing" lately?

I was introduced to Diana, http://ARKtech.co. ARKtech discusses the major changes impacting online marketing in 2012. The video located below is Part One of Two. Stay tuned for Part Two, next week!

Diana will go into details about Google Places vs. Google Plus Local. Watch this video today so you stay in the know!

Would you like to connect with Diana or ask her a question about “Reputation Marketing”? Connect with Diana through her fan page at: http://facebook.com/ARKtech

Latest News – Announcement

The latest news will be posted as I find out about it in regards to WordPress, plugins and websites functioning in general. I will also mention any plugins (free or premium) that I am using or any software so you know exactly how I am getting my results, look/appearance or functionality. If you have any questions please ask!

More Coming Soon…

Are you wanting to move your site to a new domain? It's as easy as 1-2-3 with BackupBuddy!

1. Get Backup Buddy to help with the migration process of the site.

2. Follow this process for the 301 permanent redirects:

Redirect Old domain to New domain (htaccess redirect)

Create a .htaccess file with the below code, it will ensure that all your directories and pages of your old domain will get correctly redirected to your new domain.
The .htaccess file needs to be placed in the root directory of your old website (i.e the same directory where your index file is placed)

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.newdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Please REPLACE www.newdomain.com in the above code with your actual domain name.

In addition to the redirect I would suggest that you contact every backlinking site to modify their backlink to point to your new website.

Note* This .htaccess method of redirection works ONLY on Linux servers having the Apache Mod-Rewrite moduled enabled.

3. All done!

Save at TheKnot.com 15% off Use Coupon code 15GIFT – Hurry Expires November 15

Take 15% off sitewide at The Knot Wedding Shop! Use code 15GIFT at checkout. Hurry, expires November 15.

Checked out their favors section and found the 3 items below interesting – depending on your wedding theme:

Personalized Lip Balm Tube Favors - Lovebirds

Personalized Lip Balm Tube Favors – Lovebirds

These SPF 15 lip balm favors might inspire a few kisses among your guests. Designed with cute love birds in light blue, red, and white, the labels feature your names and the wedding date. Lip balm comes in ten flavors (pick one): spearmint, cherry, peppermint, natural, citrus, vanilla, raspberry, coconut, iced pear, and tropical. Over 80 designs available! Sold in packs of 100 lip balm tubes. <br><br>SPF active ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (3%) <br><br>Other ingredients: organic palm oil, beeswax, organic extra-virgin olive oil, flavor, organic hemp seed oil, vitamin E, rosemary extract







Personalized Votive Candle Favors

Personalized Votive Candle Favors

Your guests will glow with delight when you present these classic votive favors! Adorable in welcome baskets and equally chic on reception tables, candle wedding favors are always in style. Each glass votive cup contains a white poured candle and arrives in a clear acetate gift box with a white satin bow. Choose from fabulous label designs to complement your theme; simple assembly required (applying stickers to the front of gift boxes). Unscented candles; each measures 2" x 2" in a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" gift box.







Autumn Leaf Candy Dish Favors

Autumn Leaf Candy Dish Favors

Falling leaves form the perfect backdrop for autumn nuptials! Give guests chic keepsakes with these colorful ceramic candy dishes. In shades and shapes of the season, they're great for adding decorative flair to your reception tables (and their homes). The detailed leaf dishes are sold in an assortment of fall colors; each comes in a leaf-themed display box with gold satin ribbon and a matching "For You" tag. 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 3/4". Assortment varies (sorry no choice available).







How Can I Customize SEO On My Site?

  1. Check to see if your wordpress.org theme has SEO Settings? If so – click and review and apply changes as you wish.
  2. If your theme doesn’t have SEO Settings – then you are still in luck – WordPress.org’s amazing plugins (of course!) – install All In One SEO Pack plugin.
    • When you use this plugin – make sure you have the Home Page set the way you want it, Post Title as “%post_title% and Page Title as %page_title% | %blog_title%
    • You may wish to apply “Noindex” to your archives and tag pages – as these are duplicate to the actual blog page.
    • “NoFollow” for your home page full over “Read More” linking to the complete blog posts – then you may want to apply this: within your index.php file

      Look for <a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” then simply add “rel=”nofollow”

      <a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” “rel=”nonfollow”

  3.  Are your permalinks customized? Change your permalinks to /%postname%/
  4. Does www and non-www work for your website? To test this – type in www.domain.com into your browser – does it go to your site? Then type in domain.com into your browser – does it go to your site? If one of them doesn’t work – then you need to get it setup so it does.Or visit WebsiteGrader.com –
    Permanent Redirect Not Found
    Search engines may think stacijansma.com and www.stacijansma.com are two different sites.You should set up a permanent redirect (technically called a “301 redirect”) between these sites. Once you do that, you will get full search engine credit for your work on these sites.

    With WordPress it should be setup – however it is coded as a 302 and 301 redirect is best.

    • To get this to work for your website you will need to edit your .htaccess file# Begin 301RewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.domain.com [NC]RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

      # BEGIN WordPress
      <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteBase /
      RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L]
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
      RewriteRule ./index.php [L]
      </IfModule>
      # END WordPress

    If you want to redirect from the www to the non-www then this portion needs to be changed:

    # Begin 301RewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^domain.com [NC]RewriteRule ^(.*) http://domain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Hope this helps you! If you have anything to add – please leave a comment and share with others!

How Can I Measure My Rankings in the SERPs?

I wrote down this note from a webpage – can’t remember which webpage though… gathering monthly data of who is ranking on the following SERPs: Ask Local & Main, Google Local, Main & Webmaster Tools, Bing Maps, Local & Search Webmaster Central, and Yahoo Local, Main & Site Explorer. [This makes me think to ask – why is Bing Maps included but not Google Maps or Yahoo Maps.]

The best way to organize data is of course a spreadsheet and then keep adding to it monthly or at least quarterly.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – What Can You Start With Today?

  1. Analyze the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) for your keywords. Who is ranking (aka competitor)? What do you see that they are doing effectively/ineffectively? Learn more about your competition. I tell clients – tell me your top 3 competitors.
  2. Create a list of your competition – again focus on at least the top 3 competitors.
  3. Resources that can help you:
    • Yahoo Site Explorer
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Webmaster Tools
    • Bing Webmaster Center
  4.  Check Google, Bing and Yahoo to make sure the site you want ranked in the search engines is being indexed. The tool I use to help get a client’s website indexed – is by submitting their sitemap through the Webmaster Tools and WordPress.org Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps