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Resources for SEO and Keyword Research

(This post is the result of a question from James. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll see what resources I can send your way).

This post compiles everything I know about SEO and Keyword Research. It is summed up in the resources below that I used to learn and implement a few things along the way. Disclosure: I have NOT made millions on SEO and Keyword research (which is why this article is free:-)!).

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Just in Time Learning: Trimming the Fat and Focusing to Move Forward Quickly

Having clients pay you to learn a new skill is a very difficult art.

In trying to stay 20 Hours Ahead, you will often bite off more than you can chew. The reason is simple: in the grand scheme of things, you know very little. If you are on the road from freelancer to entrepreneur and small business owner, there are many opportunities to grow in different directions. However, if you have your goal in mind, you should continue moving towards that goal as quickly as possible.

Momentum is your friend.

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Time Track with Toggl (or Lose Your Pants!)

Toggl Tracking Screenshot
My “on the clock” time, since October, when I started tracking my freelancing work with clients.

Time tracking (with Toggl) is a pretty new experiment for me… but I’m loving it.

One of the most influential podcasts of my “20 Hours Ahead” formation has been an interview with a Genesis developer by the name of Bill Erickson on The Matt Report. Erickson uses systems and time tracking to maximize his revenue per hour by measuring the time it takes to complete a task and trying to improve on or automate it.

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Day 21: Self Education: WordPress Tutorials and Where to Get Good Help

“Take time to improve your knowledge and skills so that you can put a premium on yourself. You don’t have to be content in being simply a good doer if you can also become a great teacher.”
― Jan Mckingley Hilado, Rich Real Radical: 40 Lessons from a Magna Cum Laude and a College Drop Out

We’ve come to the last day! Congrats!

You will always have questions that you need answered about your website and WordPress. I want to make sure you have a handful or resources to continue your education.

Reason

Knowing the places to get good, solid information will save you time hunting around for answers that might not be what you want to find. These have been some of the most helpful resources for me in my development on WordPress.

Recipe

Check out this video walk through of three very helpful websites:

Resource

Here are the links to the websites mentioned, plus a few others:

 

What’s Your Feedback?

Please let me know what you thought of this plan. Did it help move you forward to WordPress proficiency? What questions do you still have? What is missing? What was really helpful? Let me know in the discussion or contact me directly at nate@finchproservices.com

Thank you and enjoy the journey!

–Nate

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Day 20: Self Education: The Staging Site (try it on your computer first!)

As you get more familiar with WordPress, you will want to try and push the limits and see what you can do, both in terms of design and development. It’s easy to want to try new things on your site or even a client’s site, live and online.

Reason

However, you NEVER want to experiment on a live site! If it breaks and you can’t repair your site right away, you will lose valuable time, traffic, and even money while your website is down.

Recipe

Watch today’s video to find out how you can set up a development site on your computer:

Resource

Desktop Server is the program I used in this video, and they have several tutorials and “how tos” available on their website. The version I was running is the free version, however if you want more functionality, including interaction with a live website, you can get the premium version here.

Do you have any fears about working with live sites?

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Day 19: Self Education: The WordPress Community, Who to Watch, Know and Follow

It should be pretty apparent by now: WordPress has an amazing community of people, developers and businesses all contributing to make the community and core of WordPress better and better.

Reason

There will be several people that you will want to follow and head the advice of. You might even want to hire them!

Recipe

Check out this video of five of my favorite people to follow in the WordPress community (as of Dec. 12th, 2013… I’m always meeting and learning about new folks!):

Resource

Besides all the people mentioned in the video, WordCamps are a fantastic way to get to know people in the community. Find out if there’s a WordCamp near you using this link.

Who are you following already? What people have been helpful for you thus far in your WordPress journey?