From time to time, customers ask me how to correctly create Structured Data for the Event Manager Plugin that is freely available on WordPress.org. In this post I’m going over all the properties that you’ll need.
Today I was asked by a customer if it’s possible to use schema generated by SNIP on static sites generators like Gatsby. The short answer to this is: not out of the box but in this article, I would like to give a few tips and assistance on how it can work after all.
In one of my last articles about “Plugin Journey” I mentioned that I will contact the Envato author team again. Simply to bring attention to what irregularities there are, especially in terms of bulk sales. I think that they are/were not even really aware of it.
This post exists to inform everyone that rich-snippets.io had to move to another hosting provider. The whole site already moved but it can be that (due to I had to change IP addresses) that the site is not reachable from time to time during the next 48 hours.
About two years ago I read the book “The Way to be a Successful Entrepreneur“. It’s a powerful book that I can recommend to anyone. Even if you don’t necessarily want to become an entrepreneur, you can learn a lot from it. Unfortunately it’s in German language only. Anyway, what I really liked was the idea of permanent “garbage disposal”. You can read in this blogpost what that means and how it relates to Envato and my SNIP plugin.
It almost bothers me a bit that the wheels are turning a bit slower for me at the moment. I have to keep my one-year-old son busy half the day, so I can only work actively for the other half of the day. On the other hand, I also have a lot of fun spending time with him. Nevertheless, it’s really crazy that almost three months have passed since I had the initial idea to create my first sales funnel according to Brunson.
Through my super agency sale, my plugin skyrocketed to #1 in the weekly charts at CodeCanyon/Envato. The traffic increased sevenfold in that time. However, I didn’t have more sales as a result. What happened?
Finally! It’s done and I’m extremely proud to announce that my first big license sale had a happy end. A company from the USA bought 200 licenses via CodeCanyon. This allows me to continue working on SNIP. Yeah!
I have already expressed my frustration with Envato here on the blog a few times. Among other things, for example here or here or here. Now something happened again that almost cost me several thousand dollars.
Actually, it’s all awesome: I’ve been back at work since this week (I had taken two weeks “off” because of Easter and the office construction site I have at home) and just when it was starting to get fun with programming and blogging this happens!
It’s been two weeks since I published the last article. I had vacation. If you can call it that. Because actually I haven’t had a real vacation for a long time. So neither this time. In this blog post you can read why the ” break ” was good for me anyway …
I’m falling into a trance right now! No… I’m not intoxicated or pumped with drugs. Haha! What I mean is the so-called flow state. That really exists. And I always get that when I dive deep into the code. You feel like you’re in the matrix.
I have often wondered whether a subscription model could be an option for me. I was always skeptical because I’m not really a fan of subscription models myself. But as a developer, I also see that especially for products that don’t sell that often, there can be an advantage. An analysis.
Now the time has come. My setup wizard is ready. The final tests are still missing, but I am satisfied so far. In this blogpost, however, it would like to write about a completely different topic.
Last Friday I sent out my WordPress newsletter (which is only available in German). The reason was or is the upcoming new WordPress version 5.7, which should be released tomorrow (Tuesday). In my newsletter I also referred to the book by Russell Brunson (Traffic Secrets). This is a book I’m really excited about, after all.
One of my subscribers then let me know that he was reading it too. For him, the best statement was the following sentence:
“Document, don’t create.”
You might not understand what that means right away, so I’ll explain it again briefly. Russell Brunson wrote that you should regularly (preferably daily) share with your social media followers what you are experiencing. In the end, it’s about sharing your story with your product. After all, that’s what I do here on the blog in the “Plugin Journey” category.
What you do there is document! One’s own journey is nothing more than a documentary that goes on for ages! Of course, this is in contrast to pure “blogging”, where you have to really make something out of thin air. This has several disadvantages:
The topics are often limited. Or you are often simply unimaginative.
You are forced to write a lot of words (keyword: SEO), but to do that, you have to do a lot of research.
Everything takes way to much time. It’s better to write what you do the whole day.
But I can’t!?
Yes, you can! I now believe that absolutely anyone can do it! Because if you love your product and enjoy working on it, you’ll be happy to tell people about it. You just have to know which platform you should use. Russell Brunson describes the biggest platforms in the book:
Of course, there are many more (TikTok, Twitch, etc.) that you can use as well. In the end, it doesn’t matter which platform you use. Because the only important thing is that you a) find your medium and b) also like the medium so much that you want to use it yourself!
Example: If you like to watch YouTube yourself, you’ve probably already thought about uploading a video there yourself. Then you are predestined for it! Certainly, writing is probably not your cup of tea.
That’s the total opposite of me. I like to write. Maybe also because I am relatively fast. I can write a 1000-word blog post within one or one and a half hours, if the topic fits. No problem. Instagram stories totally annoy me because social media (especially Facebook) annoys me. So I would never really be good at it. Ultimately, the distractions are too taxing for me, too.
Blog, YouTube and podcast are tops!
Now comes the big plus: There are a few channels that are really really awesome. And that doesn’t include Facebook and Instagram, unfortunately. Why not? Because the content is gone too quickly.
When I create an Instagram story, it’s visible to my followers for 24 hours. After that, the stuff is still stored, but it’s never found again. Google can’t index that stuff. All gone. Forlorn hope, if you will.
It’s different with your own blog, YouTube and a podcast. The content is indexed by search engines, anyone can find it at any time. Even after years.
Honestly, many of the readers, listeners or viewers come across someone usually very late. Russell Brunson, for example, only found Pat Flynn when he had already recorded his 100th podcast episode. But by then he was already extremely successful. As far as I can remember, he launched the podcast relatively late.
Anyway. What happens is that people binge past podcasts. That increases the benefit, of course, but also the click numbers. The same goes for YouTube or your own blog. No one even has the option of looking at past Stories on Instagram. A big disadvantage.
So it’s worth considering jumping on the bandwagon. Preferably as soon as possible.
But just “producing” something unfortunately does not work. Because behind channels like YouTube there is usually an algorithm that wants to be satisfied. YouTube SEO, so to speak. With a blog, you also do SEO.
Go for it!
As you can see: I’m excited about the book and believe that you can implement what’s in there really well and practically.
Go for it!
As you can see: I’m excited about the book and believe that you can really put what’s in there to good and practical use.
This blog post is once again about bad reviews. Just a few days before I got a really awesome feedback from a customer. In it he wrote that he would never install a plugin with only 4 stars. But that is exactly what is currently the case with my plugin on WordPress.org. What can I do? Here are some thoughts.
Remember? In my last blogpost I wrote about karma. In the book I recommended (Karmic Management) it says that you should even support your competitor to attract more positive “karma”. There are some impressive examples of this in the book. That this works, I see just again. Yesterday I received an extremely impressive e-mail from a customer.
Actually, this post should appear tomorrow (my rhythm is currently Monday and Thursday) but since my son turns one year old on Friday (🥳) I’m trying to free up the day. But that’s just a side note. This blog post is about very possessive customers and the current status of my setup assistant.
To deal with Google advertising for my WordPress plugin after all made me think over the weekend. As a reminder, I had planned to do this already, but I didn’t do it because my mastermind buddy stopped me. My target group was not well enough defined (which I had made up for in the above article, of course). Time to think about it again.
My good friend Brett (who also is a super nice customer of mine) asked what the “Unnamed item” on Googles Rich Results Test Tool means. The reason for the question was a warning from a SEMRush tool that told him the following: “A value for the itemListElement field is required“.
It’s time to write a bit about backlinks. You would think that backlink building is totally oldschool. I can already hear my readers screaming “this is so 2003!”. Honestly, I have no clue if what I’m writing here will work. But it sounds good to me. And I’m going to give it a try.
Hóla! <- That’s Spanish. Would you have known? Languages is one of the things that has been on my mind since last week. And the new setup wizard. I already launched part of it (the Global Snippets Setup Wizard) but SNIP is supposed to be even easier. Here’s what’s going on with this.
This post is the second one this week. And already the sixth in the series “Plugin Journey”. In this post I would like to write something about Google advertising. Or rather, how not to do it. Because I decided not to buy paid advertising from Google for now.
Wohoo! Another week has begun and this is my sixth blog post about my plugin journey to share with you. As a reminder, I started this because I have a personal goal (to get more traffic for my WordPress plugin in six months) and because I read the book Traffic Secrets by Russel Brunson who wrote that it would be a good idea to share my journey.
From time to time I suffer from low sales in a month. I don’t know really why this happens. Sometimes it’s seasonal, sometimes … well I don’t know. Even if you keep an eye on the numbers, you often can’t tell why that is. Because they usually always remain the same. But what if there is a new competitor in town?
This is the third part in my series “Plugin Journey“. This blogpost is about coding. More specifically, about coding a feature to make my plugin easier to use. To make it easier to use even for the not so savvy user.
From time to time I get asked if it’s possible to add schema to WordPress without plugin. And the answer is yes. Even though it’s super inconvenient if you want to add Structured Data to many posts at once. But read on to learn more about schema, Structured Data and the benefits in SEO.
Servus! (That is Bavarian for “hello”.) It’s me again, Florian, the developer of SNIP Structured Data for WordPress plugin. This is the next update about my plugin journey. Wohoo! It’s my second post. I’m doing this be because I’ve read the book “Traffic Secrets” from Russel Bruson and he wrote that it’s a good idea to share my journey with my product.
Hey guys, I hope you’re doing well on this fourth of January 2021. I’m writing this blog post because I’m currently reading the Book Traffic Secrets from Russel Brunson. In his book, he writes that you should share your journey of you and your product. And why not take that as a good New Year’s resolution? And this blog post marks the starting point.
This is some great news, not only for me, but for everyone out there who regularly used the Structured Data Test Tool: Google announced last week that it will no longer deprecate the Structured Data Test Tool!
I grant you that: It was a bit quiet around the plugin over the past year. The reason was the work on other projects, which are now finished. So the development continues at full speed. And these are my plans for SNIP: