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Most of the content on this site is old and may or may not be of use. I don't like to break the internet, so I leave these articles here for historical reasons.
Enjoy and there is some stuff that is still current.

Using Drupal 8 Webforms with Sendy for email lists

I needed a way to collect email addresses for a royalty free music site that I own.
I use sendy for email and after a little experimenting, got this working perfect. It's not hard, but it is a little counter-intuitive, at least for me.

Transcript Okay, everybody. This is Jon Griffin. I'm gonna show you one thing that I found out with the Drupal 8 Webforms module.
One thing I wanted to do was have some separate forms that actually go to different lists under my main list. In this case I give away some free royalty-free music and I didn't want that in my general list. I wanted them to be on a separate list.
So in order to get the packet they have to basically put in their first name and their email. Then they get sent to my list with an email back giving them a page to download all that.
I'm not gonna show you how to install Webforms or the basics of it or anything else; there's plenty of tutorials, including what's included with this plugin, which is a great pl…

Create blog content easily

How to create blog content easily Just one post per week... it's not that much too ask is it?
Many of the people I talk to about Internet marketing say the same thing, "I don't have time to keep up with my blog." This is especially true in the offline world. Business owners are juggling too many different tasks, and writing an article seems like a lot of work. I would counter, especially to the offline business owners, that you are an expert, it shouldn't take that much time to write an article.
If you make writing an article a week a part of your overall strategy, then it will become a habit, and better yet, easier to do every week. Don't be afraid to change that goal to two articles a week or three, whatever.
Make sure you also put this on your marketing calendar you will be surprised at how easy it is to follow through when you have a reminder and it is written down.
Here are some ideas for those of you who really struggle with articles.
Unlimited writing…

Automatically Post To Twitter

This is now deprecated. I no longer recommend feedburner if you are using WordPress or another blog platform that has a feed built-in. I also no longer recommend automatically posting to any site, including facebook and twitter. You are better off on any of the social networks, including Twitter, to tailor the message to your audience, not just use the title like most automation software does. If you want to use the power of social media, you are better off hand-crafting your messages. Sure, it takes a little time but, in the end you will give your readers a better experience. The best thing to do is to think of your readers, not the search engines. By creating a personal user experience, you will get more real readers. You will also get better search engine love. Automating content is dead. Your readers really do know the difference, and so do the search engines.
Twitter Problems One of the problems, especially when posting to Twitter, is that your post is usually fairly long. Twitt…

Simple Wordpress Fix For Security

Well, technically not Wordpress, but your hosting is probably vulnerable.
From if you want to read the whole thing.
There was an attack on Wordpress blogs hosted at Network Solutions, but your host is probably guilty as well.
The gist of what happened is the wp-config.php was readable by the world and the crackers got access to the database passwords and logins which are stored in that file in plain text.
It is a Wordpress problem because that was considered best practice. In reality, none of your file need to be world readable, only readable by the web server, so you can safely eliminate any world read permissions.
If that is over your head don't panic. Just ask your host.
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Transcript Hi, Jon Griffin here with another little tip, brought to you by This is sort of a geek tip and also sort of a marketing tip because it affects both. But it’s not geek so much that you have to do a lot of code. Basically, if you want your website to work both mobile and traditional, you need to make sure your videos are also what we call responsive or they’re fluent and they move with the size of their screen. I noticed a lot of people may have a great theme that looks good on mobile, but their videos from YouTube or wherever, they don’t size correctly.
Responsive design for video I’m going to show you a little trick in WordPress, a plug-in and I’ve tried a lot of them, because I do a lot of vi…

Marketing Calendar

Have you ever heard something you knew was something you needed to implement right away? Of course you have, and I have as well.
One of those aha moments was at the Las Vegas Wealth Seminar.
James Jones was doing his presentation and he showed us his promotional calendar (I call it a marketing calendar). He answered that he had a monthly promotional planner and proceeded to show us an example. Everyone should have a marketing calendar, and if you have more than one project going, you definitely need one. Instead of getting some fancy program, why not use what you probably already have -- Google Calendar.
What To Put On The Calendar You can add whatever you want, but in general I want recurring events, not specifics. Those of you with many sites to promote may just use a generic calendar, but I have separate calendars for all the sites I actively promote (i.e. not autoblogs). If you have specific products, add them and any dates like pre-launch, launch, etc. You can just have a generic…