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Announcing The Ultimate Freelancer Pricing Guide — A Newsletter Exclusive

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An Exclusive Series for Newsletter Subscribers Are you a FreelanceSwitch Newsletter subscriber? If not, now’s the time to join! We’re running a fantastic series of articles, focused on how you can effectively and easily price your services. We’ll be looking at topics such as hourly vs. fixed rates, assessing the competition, negotiation, and understanding the [...]

An Exclusive Series for Newsletter Subscribers

Are you a FreelanceSwitch Newsletter subscriber? If not, now’s the time to join! We’re running a fantastic series of articles, focused on how you can effectively and easily price your services.

We’ll be looking at topics such as hourly vs. fixed rates, assessing the competition, negotiation, and understanding the value of your work. Throughout the series, we’ll also be including some exclusive offers and discounts!

Read on to find out more, and see a sneak peek at first issue…

What the Series Covers

Here’s a quick overview of what this comprehensive series of articles will cover:

  1. What You Need to Consider When Setting Your Minimums
  2. Per Project, Per Hour and Per Something Else
  3. Running the Numbers on the Competition
  4. How Experience and Portfolio Translates Into Money
  5. Location, Geographic Arbitrage and What You’re Worth Where
  6. Negotiating Some Wiggle Room
  7. Your Personal Comfort Zone and Your Clients’
  8. Standing Firm on Your Work’s Value

See a Preview!

For every type of project you work on regularly, you need to have a clear idea of your price — but also how low you’re willing to go in terms of that price. We all like to think that we’re firm on price. The truth of the matter is that there are always situations when we’ll consider taking a lower rate.

In this first part of the series, we’ll look at what you need to consider when setting your minimum price. And how to stick to it!

Subscribe Now

If you’re already a FreelanceSwitch Newsletter subscriber, you don’t need to do anything. You should be receiving the first issue in the series soon. If you’re not subscribed yet, you can sign up here!

N.B. If you decide you don’t want to receive updates at any point, we make it really easy to unsubscribe.

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Daily Tip: Customize MailChimp Signup Forms

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New plugin provides a quick way to customize MailChimp forms directly through the WordPress dashboard.

mailchimp monkeyStyling and rearranging any newsletter service’s signup form can be quite aggravating, especially when your site has specific design requirements for the form. YIKES, Inc. Easy MailChimp Extender can lend you some help when it comes to MailChimp forms. The plugin lets you add forms via a shortcode in a post or page or a PHP tag in your template file. All you need is the MailChimp list ID to paste into the plugin’s control panel.

The best part about this plugin is that it allows you to organize the form fields and order them via an easy drag-and-drop interface.

You can also include or exclude as many of the base MailChimp list fields as you like:

Instead of having to dig into the code and hack the plugin’s files, YIKES, Inc. Easy MailChimp Extender saves the day with its visual interface for customizing your MailChimp signup form. Bookmark this one for the next time you need to add a newsletter form!

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50 Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

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Give your blog a huge traffic boost with these 50 tips!

50 Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Blog

It's time to throw more traffic at your blog than it knows what to do with.

Witnessing an ocean of traffic flood through the metaphorical gates of your beloved blog is a dream to most.

But building a good level of traffic doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. With a lot of hard work, quality content, and marketing nous, you can produce a well-trafficked blog. Here are 50 tips to get you on the right track.

  1. Write great posts.
  2. Write more posts (do you post 3x per week? Try 5x per week).
  3. Be among the first to break a hot story.
  4. Write something controversial.
  5. Write list posts.
  6. Create irresistible headlines.
  7. Use Feedburner.
  8. Submit key articles to ezinearticles.com for syndication.
  9. Write guest posts.
  10. Invite guest posters.
  11. Host webinars with other bloggers – tap into their audience.
  12. Start producing videos and tap into the huge YouTube market.
  13. Start producing a podcast and tap into the huge iTunes market.
  14. Start a periodical newsletter to bring visitors back to your blog on a regular basis.
  15. Create “link love” posts and let each blogger know that you are linking to them.
  16. Make your blog beautiful.
  17. Make your blog easy to navigate.
  18. Use breadcrumbs.
  19. Optimize your posts for SEO (permalink, title, description, headers, content, etc).
  20. Create loads of relevant tags and link them to your posts.
  21. Interlink your pages.
  22. Submit your site to major directories.
  23. Always use relevant alt tags and titles for your images.
  24. Include a link to your blog in any and all online profiles you complete.
  25. Search out and follow likeminded people on Twitter (search by keyword, or by hashtags, etc).
  26. Always follow those who re-tweet your content.
  27. Comment on other people’s Facebook pages to drive traffic back to your own.
  28. Mention other Facebook pages on your wall and you will show up in their feeds.
  29. Jump on the Google+ bandwagon and create your own page.
  30. Make sharing simple – include highly visible social media buttons on your posts.
  31. Submit your best posts to social bookmarking sites such as Digg and StumbleUpon.
  32. Interact with peers on forums.
  33. Reach out to bloggers you like – build relationships.
  34. Keep in touch with bloggers you know – nurture relationships.
  35. Provide insightful comments on other blogs and get to know other bloggers and commenters.
  36. Offer yourself up for interview on other bloggers’ podcasts.
  37. Interview other bloggers and tap into their audience.
  38. Talk to everyone about your blog. Don’t be shy.
  39. Print some business cards. Hand them to everyone and anyone.
  40. Attend blogging conferences and any “gatherings” related to your niche. Throw business cards around with wild abandon. Network like crazy.
  41. Create your own local periodical meet up for bloggers or for your blog’s niche.
  42. Release a free product and ask your readers to “pay with a tweet”.
  43. Write an eBook and market it voraciously.
  44. Produce a video course.
  45. Leave trackbacks on other blogs.
  46. Add your blog’s URL to your email signature.
  47. If writing for others, link back to your own blog (with permission only of course).
  48. Write a press release for your blog and publish it to the world.
  49. Hold a competition. The prize doesn’t have to be huge!
  50. Never stop trying new things.

That’s it! I could go on, but I think you have plenty to get started on, and I wanted to leave you with room for improvement.

What other tips can you think of for boosting your blog’s traffic?

Creative commons image courtesy of Mark Woodbury

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WPMail.me – The Weekly WordPress Round Up Newsletter

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WPMail.me – The Weekly WordPress Round Up Newsletter from WordPress Mods

WPMail.me is a free weekly WordPress newsletter that delivers a round up of the latest WordPress news and articles. The newsletter is divided into 5 sections: News & Articles, Theme News, Theme Releases, Plugin News & Tutorials. It was launched earlier this year by Cozmoslabs owner Cristian Antohe. He has kindly took some time out [...]

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WPMail.me – The Weekly WordPress Round Up Newsletter from WordPress Mods

WPMail.me is a free weekly WordPress newsletter that delivers a round up of the latest WordPress news and articles. The newsletter is divided into 5 sections: News & Articles, Theme News, Theme Releases, Plugin News & Tutorials.

It was launched earlier this year by Cozmoslabs owner Cristian Antohe. He has kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about the newsletter for WP Mods readers. I hope you enjoy the interview :)

Firstly, can you tell WP Mods readers a little about yourself and your experience with WordPress.

I like to think of myself as a Web Designer. Started working with WordPress more then 3 years ago while searching for a CMS solution for our clients. Joomla didn’t really work out well so WordPress it was. Since then we’re done all sort of crazy things with WordPress over at Reflection Media. Also the first real project I’ve done with WordPress was Cozmoslabs.com where we blog about our experiences as web-developers.

WPMail.me was launched earlier this year. What were you reasons for launching a weekly WordPress related newsletter?

I didn’t have a specific goal at the time. A geek friend of mine organized a meeting where each participant had present with something done within a week. It didn’t matter how complex or ugly it was, just to ship something and make it live. I created a simple HTML page with just a subscribe form, wrote a blog post and tweeted about it. In the first week I had something like 30 subscribers  Also the initial idea came from JavaScriptWeekly.

WPMail.me Newsletter

What sort of feedback have you received from WPMail.me subscribers?

A lot of good solid feedback. Mostly people write to tell me I do a good job which is a real mood booster. I even got feedback on my spelling, which is rather fortunate since English isn’t my native language and I’m always looking to improve.

What factors do you take when choosing which articles are included in the newsletter?

It’s a rather subjective process and that’s how I want to keep it. I feel that so many things have been automated these days that a little bit of human intervention is what the web needs. With so much information out there, human curation will become more and more important.

Last but not least, in one sentence can you explain why readers should sign up for the WPMail.me newsletter

It’s THE easiest way to stay up to date with WordPress!

Thanks to Cristian Antohe for taking part in this interview. Please visit WPMail.me for more details on how you can subscribe to their weekly round up newsletter.

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Increase Your Newsletter Subscriber Sign Up Rate With Pippity Pop Ups

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Increase Your Newsletter Subscriber Sign Up Rate With Pippity Pop Ups from WordPress Mods

Whether you like them or not, pop ups have proven time and time again that they are the most effective way of increasing sign ups to a newsletter. Today I would like to talk about a WordPress plugin that helps you increase your newsletter sign up rates. Pippity is a popular pop up plugin that [...]

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Increase Your Newsletter Subscriber Sign Up Rate With Pippity Pop Ups from WordPress Mods

Whether you like them or not, pop ups have proven time and time again that they are the most effective way of increasing sign ups to a newsletter. Today I would like to talk about a WordPress plugin that helps you increase your newsletter sign up rates.

Pippity is a popular pop up plugin that was designed by the same people who created the Headway framework. Some alternative subscriber plugins help you increase sign ups in a number of different ways however Pippity only uses pop ups. Thankfully, it does it really well.

Creating A Pop Up

Creating a pop up using Pippity is very straight forward. The first thing you need to do is choose your style. There are 8 beautifully designed themes to choose from. A preview of each design is shown when you hover over the design name. Some designs use images but you can use them with plain text if you wish.

Create A Pop Up Using Pippity

In the next section you can customise the design you choose more. You can change the colour scheme of the design, the colour of the bullet points and the font. You can also change the Overlay Opacity percentage to change how much the background is faded when the pop up is shown.

Advanced users can add their own custom CSS in this section too, allowing much greater control over how the pop up appears.

Create A Pop Up Using Pippity

The heading and text can be changed in the next section. Asterisk’s (*) create bullet points when inserted into the main text area. The name, email and submit button labels can all be modified too.

Create A Pop Up Using Pippity

Pippity gives you a lot of control over how your pop up is displayed. You can set the time before the pop up appears to a visitor and the number of pages the visitor has to view before it shows up. You can also set the pop up to appear once they have scrolled to the end of an article. This should increase conversion rates as people will be more inclined to subscribe to your newsletter if they have read all of your article.

The pop up can be faded in and out too and you can set the number of days before the pop up is shown to that same visitor again. You can also only show the pop up on post pages or to those who aren’t logged in.

Create A Pop Up Using Pippity

Last but not least you need to enter your newsletter HTML code. Pippity will do the rest. For example, I copied over my newsletter form code from MailChimp into the box and it did the rest for me.

Create A Pop Up Using Pippity

I decided to use the Sharpe design for WP Mods. I didn’t want a pop up that took up the whole screen and I liked the simplicity

Sharpe Design
Sharpe Design

The great thing about Pippity is that you can split test different pop ups to see which performs the best. It’s very easy to do this as there is an option to clone one of your existing ads. This allows you to tweak your existing ad rather than starting from scratch. For example, I tried out 3 different designs but kept the same header and main text in all 3.

Concrete Design
Concrete Design

If you find that a certain design is not performing as well. All you need to do is deactivate it.

Classy Design
Classy Design

The main panel gives you a summary of how all of your pop ups are performing. The number of impressions, conversions and conversion rate are shown. As you can see from my summary below, I decided to use the sharpe design exclusively as I wasn’t happy with the other designs I created.

Pippity Panel

Analytics

The analytics section is very useful for tracking the performance of your pop ups. Impressions, conversions and the average time spent on the pop up and page are shown.

Pippity Analytics

In the screenshot above you can see that I made 20 conversions from 839 impressions. A conversion doesn’t mean that you have added someone to your list, it only means that someone completed the form. Of those 20 conversions around 7 clicked on the confirmation link that was sent to their email account. The other 13 people submitted their details using the pop up form but did not confirm their subscription. This is obviously not a criticism of Pippity as you are going to experience this problem with whatever method you use to increase your newsletter subscriber count.

I’d love to see future versions of Pippity connect to your newsletter provider (Aweber, MailChimp) in order to track the number of people who submitted their details via your pop up and how many of those confirmed their email. I’m sure if I track my stats over the next few weeks I will be able to see a pattern e.g. 50% of people who submit their details don’t confirm their email link. Once I know that I will be able to quickly check my conversion stats through the WordPress admin area and get a rough idea of how many people signed up within a given period.

Alternatives to Pippity

Last year I reviewed a few WordPress plugins that help you increase the number of newsletter subscribers you have such as Subscribers Magnet, Pop Up Domination and Email Buddy.

I also spent a lot of time recently testing WPSubscribers. It’s a great plugin but I found many features to be very buggy. Their support team suggested that this was being caused by another plugin though the same issue happened on a test blog with no plugins installed. It’s a shame as I am keen on installing a plugin that lets commenters subscribe to my newsletter.

So what is the best newsletter plugin? Well, I think it depends on how you want to promote your newsletter on your website. At the moment I would have to say Pippity is my favourite. It doesn’t have as many features as some of the other plugins I’ve tested but it’s easier to use, has better designs to choose from and tracks how each pop up is performing. If you are looking for a plugin that integrates your newsletter in multiple areas of your website then I would recommend something else but for me, Pippity is the best plugin for building your newsletter list through pop ups.

Overview

I’ve only been using Pippity a short period of time but I have been very happy with the results so far. Sign ups are two to three times higher than what they were before. This will allow me to reach a wide audience in a shorter space of time.

A personal license for Pippity retails for $49 and permits you to use the plugin on one website. The business license costs $87 and allows up to 5 websites whilst the developer license retails for $164 and allows you to use the plugin on an unlimited number of websites. All licenses come with 1 year of access to updates and support.

Thanks,
Kevin

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