Streamline Your Donation Process With a Simple Payment Button

Running and maintaining a nonprofit website or blog is hard work. Sometimes, it can even leave you feeling like your labor of love is going unrecognized.

If you find yourself in this situation, you likely want to see some kind of return on your investment and time.

Today, we’ll review whether requesting donations on your site with a Simple Payment Button is appropriate for your situation, and how Jetpack can support your efforts if this is the case.

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Jetpack 6.6.1: Fixing the Social Icons Widget

Jetpack 6.6.1 is now available for download. This release addresses issues that cropped up with the Social Icons Widget after we released Jetpack 6.6 yesterday.

If you use the Social Icons Widget on your site, you will have noticed that the widget was not styled anymore after updating to the most recent version of Jetpack yesterday. Sorry about that! Jetpack 6.6.1 fixes that issue.

The full changelog has more details on this update, and we’re able to answer questions via our support channels.

Thanks for your support!

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Jetpack 6.6: Better Site Verification Tools

Jetpack 6.6 is now available for download. This release brings you two features that will make your website more attractive to readers and search engines alike (and a slew of the usual bug fixes and small enhancements).

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The Importance of Uptime Monitoring With Jetpack

In today’s digital world, your online presence can end up being the lifeblood of your business. This is why it’s imperative that your site is continuously up and running, and that you mitigate its downtime.

To do so, it’s wise to get started with uptime monitoring to ensure that your website is available and accessible at all times. And Jetpack has a useful uptime monitoring solution for you, and it’s available for free.

Today, we’ll learn why uptime monitoring is crucial for every WordPress website owner, and how using it can even save you money. You’ll come away understanding just how easy it is to get uptime monitoring notifications sent to your email address, as well.

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What Is Time on Page and Why Is It Important?

Once you understand the importance of optimizing your page views and attracting site visitors, there is another site performance metric that you should consider: time on page. According to survey results from Brafton, the average time on page for 181 sites surveyed was 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Similar to a bounce rate (the percentage of visitors who leave your site after viewing only one page), the amount of time that a visitor spends on one of your pages can be an indicator of false leads — visitors who land on your site, only to realize that it’s not what they were looking for and leave immediately. A bounce rate tells you when a visitor has viewed only a single page on your site. Time on page, however, gives you insight into how well your content is actually performing.

Let’s take a closer look at time on page to learn how it works, and what information this metric can disclose about your site performance.

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Create an Online Portfolio to Highlight Your Web Design Skills

Clients are the backbone of every service-based business — web design freelancers and agencies included. After all, without clients, there are no booked projects and no steady income.

While there are quite a few ways to market yourself as a web designer, the best place to start is with an attractive website and online portfolio that shows potential clients what you have to offer and the value of working with you.

Portfolios are how potential clients can get a feel for your design aesthetic. They can also see which past projects of yours are similar to theirs, and decide whether or not you’re the right designer to bring their ideas to life. In other words, your portfolio shows off your web design skills and helps you eliminate prospects that don’t fit your ideal client profile.

Today, we’ll cover how Jetpack can help to showcase your web design skills with a Portfolio.

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Try These Five Google Tools for Your Website

Google provides a number of free tools that seamlessly integrate with Jetpack-powered WordPress websites. These tools can help you deliver even better experiences to your website visitors.

In turn, this can position you to accomplish your long and short-term goals, whether they’re increasing your site engagement, boosting your conversion rate, or successfully reaching a new audience segment.

Let’s take a look at five Google tools that can help cater to your site visitors’ needs, and position you to reach your goals faster.

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Use Related Posts to Decrease Load Times and Improve UX

There are a lot of little details that go into creating a WordPress website. You want to be sure that you’re displaying the right content, including related posts, responses, and comments, so that your website can become a place where your followers get to know you and engage with a wider community.

There are times, however, when sharing too much information can be detrimental to your site goals and its user experience, or UX. By using Jetpack’s Related Posts feature, you can ensure that you’re showing visitors high-value items that attract — and not distract — a growing following.

Today, we’ll teach you how to manage your WordPress website’s related content with Jetpack, and why it’s important to show it in the first place.

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Save Time with Jetpack’s WordPress Automation Tools

Automating your WordPress website’s features can be a real time-saver. The time that website automation saves you can be put back into other site projects, such as increasing the size of your audience or building a strong social media presence.

From marketing tools and content sharing, to site backups and one-click ads, Jetpack offers numerous features that can automate or streamline many common site processes. Let’s take a closer look at these, starting with the website must-haves!

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How to Boost Site Engagement with an Optimized Sidebar

One key task that dedicated blog owners eventually need to address is how to boost site engagement. While encouraging your visitors to engage in discussions by leaving comments and showing them related posts can encourage them to interact with your site, there are a few other tactics that you can implement to increase their involvement even more.

Jetpack offers different sidebar widgets that can help keep readers on your site for longer periods of time, and can even increase your following. On the other hand, too many widgets can clutter your sidebar, which might lead to the opposite effect: poor user experiences.

As such, you need to be strategic about which widgets you add to your sidebar. Today, we’ll review three Jetpack widgets that will present your visitors with compelling information without overwhelming them.

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