Blog Theme & WordPress Update – I Must Be Crazy

If 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 […]


WordPress 3.5 — When to Update

Elvin Jones

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 […]


New Reply Feature Added to CommentLuv Premium

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 […]


Easy Tables with a Plugin

WordPress Tables

Sometimes you just need a table to display your content properly. The WordPress page/post editor is good most of the time but getting things to line up just right can be a challenge. Here’s how I use tables to solve some alignment problems.


Adding FAQs To Your Blog

Adding FAQs to your blog

Adding a Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ section to your blog is a great way to arrange important features, resources or even present information on your About page. Typically, these are arranged on the page so that the questions are visible but the reader must either click the question or hover over it to open […]


Pretty Link Plugin Finally Issues Update

Link Cloaking

For what seemed like an eternity, the link-cloaking plugin, Pretty Link finally released a long awaited update last week (November 7, 2012). In the interim, there was a problem with the version number and the WordPress repository update system where you constantly received reminders in your dashboard that you had version 1.60 and you needed […]


Blogging Mistakes: #10 – Not Being Serious About Security

WordPress Security

This post is the last in a series of Blogging Mistakes. You’ve heard stories about blogs getting hacked or entire websites taken down. Do you think it can’t happen to you? Do you think it is only really big sites that have security issues? That kind of thinking is a huge mistake and will cost […]


Blogging Mistakes: #9 — Not Building a Mailing List

Empty mailbox

What do you usually see in a prominent place when you visit a successful blog? Of course, a box to sign up for updates, a free report or some other enticement to join your mailing list. There’s a good reason why most good marketers whether on the Internet or in your local community want to […]


Blogging Mistakes: #8 Being One Dimensional

One Dimension

Just as the world is getting more social, the web is also getting more multi-dimensional. If you’re only presenting your content in text media, you’re going to miss out on a lot of viral opportunities. Infographics are all the rage and are perfect for pinning to Pinterest. YouTube is the fastest growing search engine only […]


Blogging Mistakes: #7 Social Media Phobia

Social Media Phobia

Do you have Social Media Phobia when it comes to your blog? Just a few years ago, it was possible to be successful by being just a well-read blogger. Today, blogs are part of social media and intimately tied to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media communities. Today, ignoring social media not only means […]