While MerchantTutorials.com is a sponsor of the Miva Merchant Conference 2011, unfortunately I won't be at the conference itself. It'll be the first I've missed in years. The reason is simple - the cost of a plane flight from my new Kauai, Hawaii, home on those travel dates is just too high. That's what I get for moving to paradise without being rich, I guess!
I will be following the Tweets of attendees, though, if they use the #mmconf11 hashtag. You can see a live feed, constantly updated, of these Tweets here. Here's an easy-to-remember URL, too: bit.ly/mmconf11
Also, if you work on your own site or others, check out the SEO Dominators Club and if you like it, use coupon code MIVA during the conference to get 50% off! If John Limbocker is at the conference, hit him up with questions.
Enjoy the conference and be sure to wear a Hawaiian shirt in my honor on Friday!
Pamela Hazelton, one of the longest term Miva Merchant developers in our community, has released her seventh Miva Merchant guide in electronic form. It's available FREE now, with the hard copy being a meager $29.95 if you want it. Learn more here:
The biggest frustration, I believe, for every true professional website designer/ developer/ consultant is how easily people with little or no experience can claim to be experts in their chosen fields. Project after project is lost to low-quoting teenagers, amateurs and straight-out scam artists.
Here is a perfect example of a SEO firm that proves they are clueless when it comes to SEO. The following article was written by Jason Bland, VP of Adviatech,
Apart from the misspellings and grammar errors in the article, Jason claims, "Some problem languages for shopping carts include .cfm (Cold Fusion) and .mvc (Miva Merchant). Both file types are not easily indexed by the search engines so this should be considered before starting your shopping cart project." This is completely false. All you have to do is search in Google for "mm5/merchant.mvc" to see 939,000 results just for Miva Merchant version 5.5.
Google is not stupid. To claim they have trouble indexing any widespread "language" shows SEO ignorance.
How else do you tell the scammers and amateurs? Promises of "number 1 in Google," they require you to link to their site or any other site, they talk about "link farms," or they hard-sell you. Also look for testimonials with names like, "Bob P.," "Alice J.," etc. If someone gives a testimonial, they will stand by it by name, and you should check them out.
By the way, if you want to learn SEO techniques yourself, check out John Limbocker's SEO Dominators Club. Use coupon code MIVA for 50% off.
In honor of the new Wombat Miva Merchant release, I've redesigned my logo and site, created a new tag line, as well as renamed the subscription levels to names that make more sense (thank you David Lasker for coming up with the new level names).
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced never really applied, since it's more about more topics, not higher level learning. For example, the Advanced tutorials have third party module topics. That's not advanced, it's just more. So here are the new level names:
- Basic is now Core
- Intermediate is now Essential
- Advanced is now Unlimited
I've created many new Wombat videos that I'm working on getting up onto the site. Right now you can see all the new Core tutorials at Miva Merchant here. Subscribers will start seeing newer videos over this weekend. If you have any topic requests, let me know, please.
Inspired by Avatar, Chuck Lasker has invested a fraction of $248,321 in a new, 3D screen capture technology to create 3D Miva Merchant tutorials. "This is a great first day of April," said Lasker, "I hope it helps people feel more like they're in front of a real life computer that's moving around when they watch the tutorials."
Here's what an original, 2D, boring tutorial looked like:
And here's what the brand new amazing 3D tutorial looks like!!
Yes, it's a great new technology, worth every dime, don't you think?