Author: Gary McLaren

Twitter Removed Share Counts

Has Twitter Removed Your Share Counts? Here’s How to Fix It

When Twitter announced near the end of 2015 that they would be removing share counts from the Twitter sharing buttons, many people were surprised. Some bloggers were outraged and even went as far as predicting the downfall of Twitter. Eighteen months on, however, Twitter is still with us, and it is still a great social network for sharing links to...

Best Wordpress Plugins

These Best WordPress Plugins Are Not Only Useful – They’re Free!

Did you know that the best WordPress plugins are also free? One of the things I love about WordPress is that it is “plug and play”. If you want to add some extra features or functionality to your website, you can do so very easily by adding plugins from your WordPress dashboard. Do you want to speed up your website?...


12 Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress For Your Blog

Some people think you need to be a ‘techie’ to build a blog or website. That may have been true in the past, but it is no longer the case. WordPress is now the leading software for building websites. With an estimated 75 million blogs and websites using WordPress, there has to be some rock solid reasons why so many people are using it and...

Welcome to Bloggers

Welcome, Bloggers & Online Entrepreneurs!

Welcome to my blog. I am going to have a new focus here for 2017. I’ll be providing tips and strategies for blogging and working as an online entrepreneur. In a recent survey of writers, 60% told me they would like to receive advice on how to build their own revenue-generating blogs and websites. So I will be blogging here about running an online business with...

The Inflight Magazine Report

4th Edition of The Inflight Magazines Report

The 4th Edition of The Inflight Magazines Report is now available over at This update was one of the most important projects I had scheduled for early 2016, so it’s great to be able to tick it off as completed. It incorporates a new design for the report, as well as a new cover, and a complete overhaul of the...


A Manifesto for Authors’ Marketplace Success at FutureBook

In this new era of publishing, a writer, arguably, has more chance of becoming a successful author than at any other time in the last fifty years. That’s the opening line of my 500-word manifesto, “A Manifesto for Authors’ Marketplace Success“, which has just been published at Futurebook. This is part of a series of manifestos on the future of...

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Writers Unplugged is Live

In the third week of July this year I launched a new blog for writers, Writers Unplugged. This will now be my main blog for writers. Over the past 15 years I have posted my articles at multiple web sites including freelance writing material at, e-publishing articles at and platform building at I have discovered that writing new material...


Infographic: My Top Tips for Indie Authors in 2015

A few weeks ago I posted my views on where we’re heading in the independent publishing industry and what will be most important for indie authors in 2015.  So many readers enjoyed that post that I decided to create the following infographic that contains all of the key points.