Recap Of Google Small Business Meetup 10/09/2018 @ Tapster Chicago

Greetings Google small business event attendees.

 

Tapster is nothing short of amazing in how they come to market.

(although they should make their website HTTPS – we can help 🙂

I’d like to thank Google who sponsored the event, for their generosity.

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How New Web Privacy Policies Are Killing Content Creators

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My YouTube channel has been abducted  – please help me find it

 

After beginning an upload for a 17 minute video capturing the inner workings of Animal House of Chicago, a fine veterinary hospital we spent quality time at yesterday, I moved into the kitchen for breakfast.

 

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Why You Don’t Know Jack About WordPress Migrations

We are  migrating our WordPress blog to a new host

We will add the Woocommerce plugin and then migrate all the data from our current zen cart ecommerce store to the new woocommerce store

 

my short list is

 

https://getflywheel.com/pricing/

https://pressable.com/pricing/

https://www.greengeeks.com/wordpress-in a you and you and has gone down so you

https://www.dreamhost.com/website-builder

https://www.a2hosting.com/solutions

https://www.inmotionhosting.com/wordpress-hosting-promo?

https://www.siteground.com/speed

 

I don’t see pricing on hyve.com

 

I may go with 2 hosts because we have 4 

‘hobby” sites that are realy small but our current site gets 100,000 pageviews/mo and I like dedicated servers.

 

Flywheel is cool because you can build your dev site on your desktop for free and when you’re ready to go live you can just push it to their servers no muss no fuss,

 

They also have something called “Blueprint” which maps out any number plug-ins that you use on a regular basis they can be added to any new site with a single click

 

Stay tuned

 

I’m old enough to have a Medicare card

 

Yet I Lord also over a dozen websites on three hosting platforms.

 

I make my living in have done so from e-commerce for 15 years.

 

Have 300,000 social media followers because of my expertise in captive bird husbandry.

 

I still have a thirst to learn something new every day.

 

My day gig is Windy City parrot.com, been around since New Year’s Eve 2002 when my wife Catherine launched it.

 

Since then I’ve built dozens, hundred a more websites.

 

You get the picture. I know e-commerce.

 

3 WordPress hosts – reviewed 

For a convoluted set of reasons our current eCommerce platform is a hybrid WordPress/Zen cart.

 

This combination is not working on a number of levels especially SEO.

 

There are many reasons for it but I’ve suspected several which I’ve recently confirmed.

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Why the Yoast SEO readability score is a bunch of cow dung.

Here’s how I know.

I’ve been blogging for 10 years. I’m no Ernest Hemingway but I’m reasonably articulate and have several hundred thousand social media followers.

When I started seeing poor readability scores I began to test. I posted one Nobel prize winner’s article – an article written by three veteran reporters in the Washington Post and one article from a well-respected reporter with the Huffington Post.

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Why are banks and insurance companies ignoring the eCommerce market?

To my insurance agent

Could you send us something that explicitly states we are covered against legal action if a customer’s pet bird gets sick or dies and we are the target.

The customer will have paid us via credit card, PayPal &/or Apple Pay also – we need insulation against future forms of electronic payments – thank you

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How many developers and partners does it take to build a Zen Cart/WordPress hybrid website?

I read these mind numbing posts on LinkedIn groups.

“18 steps to better digital marketing” “the five things you must do to launch a website”

Really? When Rick Fisher of BookwormComputers and I had our fateful discussion Christmas week 2015 little did I know that it would take eight months to deploy the new website. The problem was I had moved the site six times and continued to apply digital duct tape with each move.

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Politics and swimsuit babes should be the cornerstone of LinkedIn so get over it grumpy old white guys

Stick me with a fork I’m done – the sanctimonious social media cops need to understand that LinkedIn is a platform made of two parts SOCIAL & MEDIA

 Bikini mogul http://www.bikiniluxe.com/ Candice Galek runs a company that sells bikinis – and she posts swimsuit models on LinkedIn – hoping to SELL more Bikini’s – hmmmm – so these grumpy old men are saying these swimsuit models don’t belong on LinkedIn because they clearly prefer to look at pictures of more grumpy old men – what is wrong with you? 

“Politics should not be on LinkedIn” and yet – Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff proclaims 3rd political party of CEO’s (google it) 

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Let’s define “LinkedIn professional” once and for all

I keep seeing this theme on LinkedIn – “there’s a bikini-clad model that’s not “professional” this is LinkedIn and bikini clad models don’t belong here”

Businessmen shouldn’t wear backpacks – that’s not professional (sure you’re much better off with a $600 Tumi briefcase telegraphing that you are toting $1000 worth of electronics)

“Politics doesn’t belong on LinkedIn this is a professional networking platform”

yet

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How Obamacare is punishing my business & me

I’m type II diabetic – I see my physician four times a year – I’ve been seeing the same Physician for 14 years. Dr. J is tall good-looking – smart as a tack and always makes sure I’m in top health.

Before the recession I was paying $400 a month for a Blue Cross Blue Shield policy that pretty much paid out nothing. For a few years I gave it up.

When I would visit the good Dr. just prior to leaving I would present my debit card and I would be charged $52 for that visit.

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