Progress with WordPress Themes

I made a post in late October talking about how I came to purchase WordPressThemes.com for my newest company, Terran Marketing. I purchased the site back in mid October, but haven’t a lot of time to put the effort I would have liked into it. However, with the help of an off the shelf WordPress template I was able to get the site up and running with very little effort. This allowed me to get some preliminary data about how WordPress themes would perform from an affiliate angle and see what was working best in the early going. Below I’m going to document my progress since mid October and my plans for early next year with the site. Find and install a new theme The first order of business after purchasing the site was to find a theme that would work for me right out of the box. I was lucky enough to find a theme by SoloStream called WP-Aire that had 99% of what I needed right out of the box. It took me a total of about 5 or 6 hours over a weekend in late October to find and install the theme. Add some initial content After I installed the theme I needed to write some initial content to ensure the site looked the way I wanted it and was going to fit my needs 100%. I wrote 6 reviews for the initial theme reviews and did that over the same weekend in about 3 hours. Find a content writer The last thing that I did over that same weekend was find a couple good content...

A fun game over dinner

During our RV trip earlier this month we stopped in Dallas, TX for two days to spend some time with friends. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I wanted to elaborate on something that happened in particular while we were there. First, I want to thank our friends for driving us around Dallas while we were in town. We didn’t have a car with us, so we felt kind of helpless. It was a good lesson learned, and the #2 item on my list of things we realized during our inaugural RV trip – WE MUST BRING A CAR WITH US. We’re set to get our Honda CR-V setup for towing next week, so that won’t be an issue on future trips. Anyway, back to the point. One night we went out to dinner at this Mexican restaurant in downtown Forth Worth. Evidently it’s a pretty famous place and it was well worth the 40 minute drive. Even at 9pm there was still a line for this very unique place that only had two things on the menu. Your options were fajitas or enchiladas. I ordered one dish and my wife got the other – both were amazing. Over dinner my friends introduced us to a neat game I’ve never played before. I’m not sure what the name of it is, but the objective is to pick 5 people that would be at an imaginary dinner. Then you get the waitress to vote on which meal she would rather go to. The waitress can’t mix and match from the lists; it’s one or the other. There are...

STOP FEEDING ME SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!

I don’t know what has gotten into my wife lately, but she has been on a cooking mission. I mean she normally does all the cooking, and it’s always really good, but the past couple days have been totally out of control. Over the past couple of days she made some of the best dishes she has ever made. It all started off with homemade berry and peach cobbler. I don’t kid myself that what I was eating was uber healthy, but it was made with no dairy or other junk. It had to be one of the best tasting cobblers I’ve ever had. I could have eaten 5 bowls of the berry cobbler alone. I’m not normally a big fan of peaches, but that was pretty darn good too. Then, she made the mistake of making me potato latkes. I have a major weakness for these and actually ate so many of them that I felt ill. I didn’t count the exact number, but I know I had at least 15 of them over the course of the day. I could hardly move by bedtime. Finally, this afternoon she showed up with another wonderful meal. It was some sort of homemade chili / soup dish. I don’t know exactly what was in it, but it was healthy for sure. On top of that there was a nice side salad to go along with it. Normally I don’t over eat and do my best to spread my portions out over the day. It’s hard to do that when everything coming your way is amazing and you just want to...

I can’t believe that I did it – Twitter

When it comes to technology I’m usually ahead of the curve, but social networking is another story. I was one of the last people I know to create a Facebook account, now I’m behind the curve on a Twitter account too. In the case of Facebook, it was my wife who finally twisted my arm to create an account. However, I have to admit, it was one of the best things I ever did since I was able to reconnect with so many old friends. I’ve gotten way more enjoyment out of it compared to the amount of time I’ve put into it. I only really read Facebook updates a couple times per week. I also try not to post unless I think it’s something others would really like to know about. The picture feature of Facebook is also awesome. However, I’m not sure I really see the value in this Twitter account. It’s just one more thing for me to read. One more thing for me to update. One more thing for me to waste my time on. The only reason I finally broke down and created one is because I’m getting back into web marketing again. Every site I see has a little t or bird on it and I feel compelled to join the mix. Only time will tell how I truly feel about Twitter. I’m going to do my best to add this to my daily life for the next few months and give it an honest “college try”. If you would like to keep up with my Twitter updates, please follow me on my...

New Theme For My Blog – Thesis by DIY Themes

For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog, you might remember a post I made a few months ago about WordPress Themes. It’s a website I purchased for my new company, Terran Marketing, and I’ve been learning a lot about themes since then. In fact, I’ve reviewed close to 200 themes now and it’s been a real eye opener. It’s become very clear to me that one theme is heads and shoulders above the rest – Thesis by DIY Themes. Thesis is a fully customizable theme that is installed on over 30,000 websites; I’m now one of those websites. In my case I wanted a 2 column layout with my content column at 600px and my sidebar at 300px. I also wanted a very clean look with 2 full posts along with excerpts for 8 more posts. With Thesis it was a snap. The great thing about this theme is that I can grow with it as my blog continues to evolve. I plan on adding a lot more content to my blog about SEO, business, and marketing. Normally I would be searching for a new theme each time my needs changed. With Thesis it’s just a few clicks to change things up. The other great thing about the Thesis theme is its built in SEO options. Normally I install the All In One SEO plugin on all my sites, but with Thesis it becomes obsolete. The only downside is now I need to go back though my old posts and update my SEO data before I can remove All In One from my blog....