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Case Study : WordPress Top Ten Part I

08 Apr

Awhile back I purchased a domain: with the goal of putting my top list of WordPress themes, plugins, resources, etc. Well, like a lot of things life got in the way and side projects such as this got pushed to the back. There was no reason to push this ahead in my daily, weekly, monthly work-flow. I had no intention of trying to make money off or anything like that. It was an idea that I was hoping to bring to fruition sooner than later.

Thus the reason for this post.

I plan on doing monthly status updates complete with analytics with detail instructions on how everything was done.

So, let’s start at the beginning.


Hosting: WPEngine

Theme: Woo Themes – Canvas child (Woo Child)


  • Askismet
  • Features (Woothemes)
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • Google Sitemap by BestWebSoft
  • Gravity Forms
  • Icons For Features
  • Image Widget
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA
  • The Events Calendar
  • WordPress SEO (Yoast)

Google Analytics: Check – used Yoast analytics to connect with my account

Google Webmaster Tools: check – submitted sitemap (xml) that is created by the plugin “Google Sitemap by BestWebSoft”

Connecting analytics with webmaster tools: check

Create pages:

  • About: A quick write-up that will be more developed as the site grows.
  • Contact: A quick contact form (using Gravity Forms with CAPTCHA to weed through the spam)


There will more in-depth as I develop the site more.

Content: Top 10 WordPress SEO Plugins

Case Study: WordPress Top Ten Part IIv

Updating all pages and home page with custom SEO write-up (Meta description / title ):

WordPress Top Ten SERP

WordPress Top Ten SERP

Create more dynamic content and show a ROI on improvements in Google Analytics

'WordPress Top Ten Google Analytics

‘WordPress Top Ten Google Analytics

What would you like to see in this “Case Study” as it progresses?

I am opening up all analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, seo tools – let me know in the comments below.

WordPress Decoded: The Missing Manual

27 Mar

On Friday March 20th Brian Retterer and myself were able to speak to over 100 individuals about WordPress for WordCamp. It was a thrilling experience walking through WordPress yet with the amount of people there was a disconnect.

So, Brian and myself created WordPress Decoded: The Missing Manual. On April 4th we will have our first workshop limiting it to only 20 people. This full day hands-on training will cover:

Lesson 1: Foundations of a WordPress-based website
Lesson 2: Introduction to WordPress Dashboard
Lesson 3: Working with WordPress Themes
Lesson 4: Creating and Managing Content
Lesson 5: Managing Multimedia with WordPress
Lesson 6: Finding and Using WordPress Plugins
Lesson 7: WordPress Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

It will include lunch as well as an in-depth manual of everything we cover.

I am excited about this WordPress for beginner workshop and looking forward rolling out the next two levels in the near future.

If you have any questions about it let me know.

WordPress Decoded April Workshop

WordCamp Dayton Check

23 Mar

WordCamp Dayton 2015 LogoIt’s official WordCamp Dayton 2015 is in the books.

All the stress.

All the headaches.

All the sleepless nights.


First off I want to thank a few special people that without their support this event would not have happen.

My wife. We have three kids (10 / 4 / 1.5) and taking the time to watch them while I work on logistics, get on Google Hangouts with the WCDayton team, and then there is the actual event. Two days straight where I’m away from my family isn’t easy for either one of us.

Brian Retterer. The main co-organizer of WordCamp Dayton. Who, when I was getting no feedback and delayed responses, took the lead and without him there would not have been a WordCamp at all.

Organizers and Volunteers.

Heather: The event coordinator who ensured everyone was taken care of.

Lesley: Designer for the awesome logos for the event and great helper.

Chris: Rocked out this year on sponsorship reaching quite a bit of small businesses. Not to mention a huge help throughout the camp.

Jeff: A terrific helper getting all the cameras set-up and  ensuring everything ran smoothly.

Dustin: A local Automattician who helped picked speakers and came up with the Automattic Q & A (first of its kind).

There are quite a bit more but if I were to list all those that helped and what they mean to me….

Here are just a few of the highlights from WordCamp Dayton:

Brian - Nathan - Chris - Jeff

Brian – Nathan – Chris – Jeff

Brian - Nathan - Chris at WordCamp Dayton

Brian – Nathan – Chris at WordCamp Dayton

Then there is this:

#WCDayton trending during NCAA

#WCDayton trending during NCAA

Thank you all for the great memories and already looking forward to 2016.