Where Pokemon Go will Most Likely Evolve

So like the rest of the civilized world, I’ve seen/heard/read so much about the new Pokemon Go game that launched only 10 days ago, but has a massive (and I mean ginormous) following already. This game has been a sensation already, both in good and bad ways, and even here in Canada where its not technically released yet it has exploded. I, of course, had to get the game to see what it was about – testing for client integration and whatnot – and within an hour of playing it and chatting with some people who have been on it for a day or two more than me, had so many epiphanies about where this game can go in the future. The game itself right now is fairly basic in a concept level, and I won’t explain how it works here – you can...

7 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using

When you’re setting up your first website (or in some cases, you’re creating a new one each week), I find it useful to have a list of required plugins to add right away. These are the plugins that your site is going to need, and will benefit you from the beginning. Over the years, I’ve kept a list of primary plugins to use when I build a new site, and it does change once in a while when a new plugin comes up or an old one just doesn’t cut it any more. I keep it as a simple list in a Google Sheet that acts as my niche site control panel – along with the list of domains, purchase dates, affiliate earnings, etc. If you plan on building a number of niche sites, definitely keep this list on hand. So many times before...

Why You Should Archive Your Site With Archive.org

One of the few things you want to think about when launching a new site is what would happen if it suddenly got deleted or lost. While its not a common thing to happen, I can definitely tell you it does sometimes. Perhaps you think you’re doing the right thing in updating a WordPress theme, and suddenly the site has been reverted back to the original version. Or maybe your hosting company had a server go down and the backups you thought existed don’t. Or maybe your assistant just accidentally deleted your home page. Things happen, and sometimes you can’t control it. Most of the time your server will have backups, whether its daily or weekly or maybe even monthly, but when that fails, how would you get your site back to normal? Let me introduce you to Archive.org’s Wayback Machine. Archive.org is a¬†website/app...

5 Great Places to get Free Stock Photos Online

Any web or graphic designer will tell you that finding a beautiful stock image that works with their design is essential to creating a strong marketing piece. Stock images have also come a long way from the very basic, over-used ‘men in suits shaking hands’. Photographers are a lot more creative now and there are some absolutely beautiful photos available for any kind of project. While there are a large number of paid stock image websites (some with great images, some with those over-used, bland images), independent designers sometimes benefit from having access to free images to better meet a limited budget. And just because they are free, doesn’t mean that they are small-sized images or ‘bottom of the barrel’ selections. The sites below have just amazing photographs, from simple still-shots of items to majestic landscapes to abstract patters, all for free! A short...

Google is Now Showing ‘Missing’ Keywords in SERPs

This looks like it just popped up today, but in Google’s search results, there is now a line under what looks like the first two or three results that says ‘missing:’ and shows what search term you had that these sites didn’t show. What’s interesting about this, is that recently Google’s been showing search results with the full keyword below and then having one or two terms crossed out that it didn’t find on those pages. The idea is that Google wants to show you some results that may not have all the keywords you wanted, but still may be relevant. This new look suggests that it is going for a more streamlined approach to showing results, as per the Hummingbird update. This is probably only one of the changes we’ll see over the next year as the new algorithm slowly pushes into Google’s...