How to get rid of tags on a default WordPress theme post / category

On many of my sites I use tags only as a way for related posts to be calculated reasonably correctly. For SEO reasons (duplicate content issues) I would rather they don’t show up on the site itself, and certainly not on every post and category... Read More

What to do when jetpack contact-form doesn’t work with Google Apps mail?

Google apps is a great way for people to have all (i.e. most) the functionality of gmail, with the PR savvy of your own domain name e-mail address. Say katinka@marketingspiritual.com (not a working mail adres). However, that may not work well with your... Read More

Mourning Squidoo

The day before yesterday I was banned from Hubpages. That day was about shock. Yesterday I archived my stuff and wrote about Hubpages as it exists in our world now. Today I find myself mourning the Squidoo that was. Not the Squidoo that gave up last... Read More

What I learned from being banned by hubpages

I was flabbergasted last night: it turns out my account was banned. I’ve calmed down a bit. I’ve saved my content and stats and am moving forward. Here are a few take-away’s. The main one is obvious: don’t trust Hubpages! Set... Read More

All my accounts & all my hubs unpublished! @hubpages

I was going to post this on the forums but it turns out that I’m not allowed anymore. So here is to all former squids – so you know what hubpages is turning into. Over the past few days ALL my hubs on three of my accounts have been... Read More

How to use Thesis Multimedia Box in Thesis 2.*

I have been using Thesis to design my sites for years now. I love the flexibility of Thesis 2, and have now compared it to Genesis as well – and Genesis just doesn’t do what I want it to. However, there is one thing in Thesis 1 that I... Read More

How to move a hub?

Someone asked: So question for you all, when you move your hubs, where do you move them to and do you need to ask for the hub to be unpublished? I’m so confused, I have just let my sqhbs sit there…….. Since this seems a common... Read More

Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Google has been making life harder for those of us who make a living online. With sites closing left and right – because Google stopped giving them traffic – authors are getting a big paranoid about what linking practices are ‘allowed’ and/or considered ‘spammy’.

I can’t really blame people: common sense just isn’t enough anymore. However, some things floating around the online forums are just plain nonsensical.

So here are some questions I have been asked recently, and my answers. Continue reading Linking myths – post Panda and Penguin

Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

squidoo-trophiesOn August 15th, Seth Godin announced that the website I have long been making a living on, Squidoo, is going. The content and it’s authors are moving to Hubpages (and therefore the money making opportunities as well). It was a stressful day, so I had to process information quickly. I decided within half an hour that I liked this news. While I once loved Squidoo, I had come to distrust its management. Hubpages was always slightly annoying, and boring, but it is run by competent people. The kind who actually know how to build a site.

Was it really that bad at Squidoo? Yes, it really was.

I’ve been silent on Squidoo’s many mistakes in public, over the last year, because I was still making money there and it was becoming clear HQ wasn’t listening to feedback anyhow. The only thing I did was advise people to stay out of Squidoo if they weren’t already in.

Now that the take-over is official, I can finally open my pen. This is mainly about the stuff that happened after the panda update that penalized Squidoo late 2012, early 2013. Continue reading Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

Duplicate content on WordPress – hey, Google indexed my tag pages!

On Facebook I’ve recently seen people ask about duplicate content on WordPress blogs. People are panicking. It’s logical to panic, unfortunately, because Google has been acting strangely lately. However, no-indexing ALL your tag and... Read More