Why I’m Switching from OptimizePress to Thrive Themes

Switch from OptimizePress

Switch from OptimizePressI have been a huge fan of OptimizePress over the years. I started with OP 1.0 using it as the theme for my DAP membership sites. Their member area pages were great with a built in member navigation sidebar. Then when OP 2.0 came out with a separate plugin (not just a theme), I jumped on board to use it for many of my sales and landing pages.« Continue »

Shopify to Stop Maintaining WordPress Plugin


Last year, I wrote a post about how to sell products on your blog using the Shopify Buy Button service. At the end of April, Shopify notified its customers that they no longer would be maintaining the WordPress plugin. As we all know, once a developer stops maintaining a plugin, it’s time to find a different plugin or a different way.


So does that mean you can no longer use this service to sell products on your blog? « Continue »

Easiest WordPress Caching Plugin – WP Rocket

website speed

website speedThis was my thought process and you might recognize it as yours too. I want more organic traffic from Google search. I know that one of the criteria Google uses is site loading speed. I know that if my website is cached I will get more speed. I thought that installing a caching plugin would be difficult and all sorts of weird things would happen when plugins and themes collided with the caching plugin. Bam! Roadblock! Move on to something else! If that is your thought process, keep reading because I have good news!« Continue »

CommentLuv is Gone

andy baileyI am so sad to report that Andy Bailey, developer of CommentLuv, the premier comment and spam busting plugin, has closed the doors due to poor health. Andy has been very public about his health issues and recently decided that he could no longer provide support for the plugin.« Continue »

Shopify Buy Button – 7 Easy Steps to Sell Products from Your Blog

Shopify for WordPress

Shopify for WordPressDid you know that you could turn your WordPress blog or website into a Shopify store with just a simple plugin? I didn’t either until recently. I wanted to sell some items that I normally sell on Amazon on a brand website that I built mostly for promoting the brand – not really expecting to sell much. So I didn’t want to incur a huge monthly fee for an ecommerce store or set up a complicated shopping cart like Woo Commerce or Cart66.« Continue »

Managing Multiple Blogs with iThemes Sync

Manage Multiple Websites

Manage Multiple WebsitesDoesn’t it seem that updates for WordPress, plugins and themes are pushed out more often than they used to be? If you only have one or two blogs or websites, it’s no big deal to login and update your site. But what if you have several or if you are helping clients or family members? Then it’s a real pain in the “you know what!”« Continue »

Blog Posts to Social Media with IFTTT

IFTTT Step 1

Automation is great when it works and one automation tool bloggers look for is something that will take new blog posts and post them to their social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. There are many social media plugins that help readers link or like blog posts but not as many that gracefully do that for the blogger.

Here’s one that is simple and kind of cool — IFTTT« Continue »

Blog Theme & WordPress Update – I Must Be Crazy

Crazy to update WordPress & theme at the same timeIf you have been a My Bonus Blog reader for a while, you may think you went to the wrong place. The blog has a complete new design with a new theme. I got a wild hair a couple of days ago and decided to update to WordPress 3.5, redesign the theme and offer a brand new optin all at once. I know… crazy! I hope you like it. 🙂« Continue »

WordPress 3.5 — When to Update

Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones

Drummer Elvin Jones ~courtesy Wikipedia


December 11, 2012. After several delays, WordPress released it’s latest version 3.5 to the millions of WordPress users today.  This one is nicknamed Elvin after the drummer, Elvin Jones.

Whenever a new major version of WordPress is released, it’s always a dilemma when to actually do the update. Let’s look at what’s in this release and some considerations on when to update.« Continue »

New Reply Feature Added to CommentLuv Premium

CommentLuv ReplyMe

CommentLuv ReplyMe

UPDATE: CommentLuv is no longer being supported due the health of the developer. I recommend you stop using it and switch to a spam blocker like WP SpamShield.

I’ve written about how and why I love CommentLuv Premium plugin in the past. The main reason I got it was to eliminate the tons of comment and trackback spam I was getting on my various websites.

I am also really liking the ability to select from several posts and pages to link to when I comment on other blogs that use either the free or the premium version of CommentLuv. Having the flexibility to choose content that is relevant to the other blog post is helping get more traffic to my site.

Now Andy Bailey, the developer of CommentLuv has just issued a new module called ReplyMe. Here’s a rundown on how this new module works.« Continue »