Monthly Blogging Scoop is back as of February 2015. Once again I will be bringing back a summary of events that have taken place on Blogging Spree. As well, Monthly Blogging Scoop will share a few key topics, some very specific and some of a more general nature, that may be of interest to bloggers.
Monthly Blogging Scoop – In The Spotlight This Month:
- Blogging Spree’s How To Start A Blog – Step-By-Step Guide
- Blogging Spree’s WordPress Tutorial For Beginners
- “Discovering” Google Webmaster Central Office Hours hangouts with John Mueller
- Mobile coming up as an algorithm
- Is Matt Cutts no longer part of Google?
- YouTube Kids comes to life
As I explained before, the Monthly Blogging Scoop will be separated into 2 sections:
- Blogging news from Blogging Spree
- Monthly Blogging Scoop from around the web
Blogging News From Blogging Spree
The priority this month was to create tutorials for blogging beginners. I have created 2 tutorials:
I have put a lot of thought into creating these tutorials and initially I have lumped them under one heading, namely “How To Start A Blog” guide. But when I completed the guide, I realized that not all people who want to install WordPress on their sites are complete beginners.
For that reason, How To Start A Blog step by step tutorial mainly concentrates on pre-installation basics and up to creating a hosting account. Following the hosting account set up, the reader is directed to the WordPress Tutorial series.
WordPress Tutorial For Beginners, starts with the installation of WordPress blog. Subsequently, it covers, in detail, every aspect a new user of WordPress, and specifically a new WordPress blogger, needs to know in order to blog effectively using this platform.
Every tutorial of the WordPress series, was based on my own blogging experiences and was designed such that the newly created blog would have a chance to become successful.
As well, I ensured that no matter where a complete beginner lands, he or she is directed to the appropriate section of either tutorial.
Blogging News From Around The Web
I just want to make a clarification for this section. Some of the news is not “hot of the press”, as some of the topics have been around for a while, such as the “Office Hours”. However, I only “discovered” them this month and I felt they are very worthy of mention in the Monthly Blogging Scoop.
Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangouts
These hangouts are by Google’s John Mueller. He is the Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, in Switzerland . In these hangouts he tries to connect with webmaster and publishers (in other words, people like you and I who own or design websites and blogs and publish them online).
John Mueller, tries to answer questions we may have. These questions were either previously submitted or are asked by viewers at the time of the hangout.
The Office Hours hangouts are amazing, albeit some of them a little too technical. But, despite some of the very techie questions, John Mueller answers questions at any level and even shares the new Google developments which are of importance to website owners.
I don’t even know how I came across these hangouts, but I urge you to look at some of them and see if you could benefit from them. For example, in the last few hangouts he talked about the importance of having your website mobile friendly and how our sites will be impacted if we don’t comply.
Mobile Friendliness Of Your Site Is An Absolute Must
In less than two month, Google is going to add another algorithm update which is going to judge whether your site is mobile friendly or not. If your site is not mobile friendly, your placement in SERPs (Search Engine Page Results) will be affected. Perhaps not immediately, but within a short period of time.
This topic is of such an importance for bloggers and website owners, that I will be publishing a post related to this topic. Be on a lookout for it.
Where Is Matt Cutts
I have been searching online for some of Matt Cutts’ videos and I realized that Matt Cutts, has taken, what was supposed to be, a temporary leave from Google.
But it looks like, perhaps he is not coming back, because he extended his leave. It would be too bad if Matt did not return, as I found his educational videos very helpful and I often shared what I learned from him on Blogging Spree.
The reason I think that he is not going to return is because he came out with a new video and it almost suggests to me a farewell speech of sorts. Let’s hope I am wrong!
Matt Cutt’s Lessons Learned From The Early Days Of Google
The video is amazing, very funny and shows the human side of Google. I think you will enjoy it!
YouTube Kids Comes To Life
Since most bloggers use YouTube to publish videos or to embed interesting videos on their blogs, I thought it would be worthy of mention that YouTube finally has come to its senses and decided to create an app, YouTube Kids, which will allow children to view videos that are age appropriate.
I know that this new development will not impact you as an internet marketer, but it is good to know that our kids, grand kids, nephews and nieces are safe and not exposed to some of the scum that is publicized when one watches a video.
In conclusion, apart from the new developments on Blogging Spree, much of February’s Monthly Blogging Scoop revolves around Google (I didn’t even realize that until I finished the post). There are always some new developments going on in that company, so no wonder. I urge you to explore Google’s Office hours for the more serious stuff and watch Matt Cutt’s video for, believe it or not, even some fun. Matt Cutts is a pretty funny guy!
As always, please let me know what you thought of these Monthly Blogging Scoop topics.