Best wordpress theme for an internet marketing blog?

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What are your favorite themes for an IM blog?

Free or paid?

Can you have a blog using optimizepress, or is it just for squeeze, salespages?

What other plugins do you use for your IM blog?

Thanks,

Ivelin
#blog #internet #marketing #theme #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    I wish I had a dollar for every time the topic of "favorite theme" came up here.

    I like the Genesis platform for WordPress with a range of child themes. Go to StudioPress dot com for working examples.

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  • Profile picture of the author bostoncitymass
    Good question.
    For me it depends. For my "sniper sites" I just use free themes from the wordpress templates. If I'm building a site for a client I use premium themes. Most premium themes tend to be coded better for better SEO but if you are building a bunch of sites, it could get expensive buying a premium theme for each site. You can get one premium theme and use it on all your sites if it is a pretty well rounded theme and will work in different niches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ivelin2008
      I'm not talking about sniper sites or something like that..

      just a good theme for your personal internet marketing related blog.

      Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author julesw
          OP does have a blog theme but it's more often used for squeeze, sales pages and membership portals. If you use it as a blog you can have it on the homepage and the squeeze pages behind it, or flip it around in an instant so the blog is on the .com/blog or whatever you call it and the sales page is on the homepage.

          Here's an awesome regular WP blog them, it's paid by donation so pay what you think it's worth.Thrilling theme
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          • Profile picture of the author anwar001
            Originally Posted by julesw View Post

            OP does have a blog theme but it's more often used for squeeze, sales pages and membership portals. If you use it as a blog you can have it on the homepage and the squeeze pages behind it, or flip it around in an instant so the blog is on the .com/blog or whatever you call it and the sales page is on the homepage.

            Here's an awesome regular WP blog them, it's paid by donation so pay what you think it's worth.Thrilling theme
            I really like the look of Thrilling theme. Might try it out for one of my blog. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    It's like the question "what is the best movie?"
    I personally come always back to "Thesis"..although there might better themes out now...but i still like Thesis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    I really like the theme called, "simplish," because its exactly what the title says, simple. You can customize it to your liking but hands its very clear and clean.
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    • Like GeorgR and others here said, you're asking a very general question.

      If for example your blog will be video rich, then there are themes that focus on that. They include support for Youtube, Vimeo and all the players, plus allow you to place a player inline or inside a lightbox.

      Visit themeforest.net and check out the various categories in the Wordpress Themes section. There is for example a subsection just for simple and "minimalist" themes. Check out the various subsections and the theme demos. Once you start looking thru the demos, you'll figure out what you want/need pretty quickly.

      Good luck!
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      • In my own experience, Optimize Press is weak for blog stuff, but absolutely ROCKS for marketing stuff like video squeeze pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennisknows
    Check out my blog and decide for yourself if you can use OptimizePress. I absolutely love it. I use it on 2 of my main blogs and anything for sales and getting leads, no question about it, im using OptimizePress.

    Only flaws I see and I hate this about it is theres no footer setup. I like to have a footer so I can put links and stuff down there. I had to pay a coder to add a footer section to my blog..

    Also, the sidebar is not wide enough. I'm getting a PHP coder to look into widening my sidebar to 300px but as of right now, I can really only fit 250 - 270px ad squares in there.

    Granted they still some work to do on their blogging theme but as for the squeeze pages and sales letters, I'll use nothing else.

    Reason being...Product comes out..I want to market it..

    Instead of buying a whole new domain and setting up a new website, I create a squeeze page on my site, remove all headers and navigation so there there is no distinction with my site and drive traffic to it and build a list. I do this on all my sites.

    If you want, you can buy a domain and just redirect it to your squeeze page. Most people dont look at the address bar.

    Its really all in what you want to do with your site. I usually install a theme and go to work on the PHP to customize it and get it to my liking.

    Best of luck and hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    Thesis is a great.
    If you can't afford it, but have the ability to tweak themes yourself you can check out NeoClassical.
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  • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
    I agree with other warriors optimize press is great for sales pages and squeeze pages but not so good for blogs.
    I like to use artisteer to make blogs as its unique but yet simple. Its a paid software but you can create your own custom templates with it and its super easy to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmind
      Why hasn't anyone mentioned Profits Theme? I hear from many this is even better than Optimize Press.
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      • Profile picture of the author Cyberkntsean
        The free Intrepidity Theme

        From their site:

        "Intrepidity is a well rounded Business WordPress theme designed to suit a variety of sites, topics and businesses. The theme includes both blog and landing page templates along with 4 distinct color schemes to fit your brand and image."
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        • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
          Originally Posted by Cyberkntsean View Post

          The free Intrepidity Theme

          From their site:

          "Intrepidity is a well rounded Business WordPress theme designed to suit a variety of sites, topics and businesses. The theme includes both blog and landing page templates along with 4 distinct color schemes to fit your brand and image."

          I love this theme! I use it for my IM Blog sideline...
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        • Profile picture of the author colzinfobiz
          Originally Posted by Cyberkntsean View Post

          The free Intrepidity Theme

          From their site:

          "Intrepidity is a well rounded Business WordPress theme designed to suit a variety of sites, topics and businesses. The theme includes both blog and landing page templates along with 4 distinct color schemes to fit your brand and image."

          I just downloaded this one - looks great...Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author markmcknight
          Originally Posted by Cyberkntsean View Post

          The free Intrepidity Theme

          From their site:

          "Intrepidity is a well rounded Business WordPress theme designed to suit a variety of sites, topics and businesses. The theme includes both blog and landing page templates along with 4 distinct color schemes to fit your brand and image."
          Just downloaded this theme to try. Thanks for recommendation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    My number one choice would be Clickbump... At least with it I can "re-skin" it numerous ways without affecting the underpinnings of my site and changing the base theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    I second the Artisteer recommendation. I have my graphic designer set up all my Wordpress themes with Artisteer now so we control the code.

    Had a few bad experiences with some "free" themes that had garbage in the code.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    I second the Artisteer recommendation. I have my graphic designer set up all my Wordpress themes with Artisteer now so we control the code.

    Had a few bad experiences with some "free" themes that had garbage in the code.
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    • Profile picture of the author NickVCover
      I've found Elegant Themes to be a pretty good deal. Forty-ish bucks for seventy odd themes.

      The downfall I'd say is that it is an annual subscription which buys future updates and support. Hypothetically you could download them all in your first year and then drop the sub, but no future support that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author ukcarl
    Im really liking profits theme at the minute, its very versatile and adds a lot of functionality to wordpress, its what Im using at the minute it has tonnes of child themes so you can make your site 100% original
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Thesis is the only theme............................................. ...for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wade32
    I think its really your preference. Whatever you think looks good and flows with your style of website design. I personally like Studio Press News Theme. Its clean and effective for Adsense(as I have recently figured out)
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Originally Posted by Ivelin2008 View Post

    Can you have a blog using optimizepress, or is it just for squeeze, salespages?
    OptimizePress is pretty flexible. It can be used for a blog.

    Version 1.5 is due to be released pretty soon which has a bunch of nice new features.
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  • Profile picture of the author BeauJustin
    For straight blogging I aim for excellent readability and semantics.

    Thesis is great but it's a little on the complex side.

    A couple of great alternatives:

    The Presswork framework is free, and has some outstanding childthemes available. One of the things I love about Presswork which confused me at first; you make all of the changes using the toolbox on the frontend of the website rather than the backend.

    Vigilance theme from the The Theme Foundry is also great out of the box. Excellent typography, and great ad placement, few frills, but highly customizable and very solid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Farmer
    Woo themes - Canvas. You literaly have a blank canvas to play with so you can design it any way you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    My favorite theme is Thesis but for total IM I love Optimize press or Profits theme.
    Your going to need a lot less plugins with the last two themes compared to thesis.
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  • Profile picture of the author usfemail
    I love the Canvas theme from Woo Themes for setting up my blog. It is so easy to set up to your liking.
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  • Profile picture of the author hojo
    Woo themes I just built out an IM blog this weekend the gazette theme took me all of 5 minutes
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  • Profile picture of the author Mogly
    You need a custom one to stand out, IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatjc
    I'm also a huge fan of StudioPress themes and their Genesis framework for WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    I have the Woo Theme. It's simple, but effective.
    Geri Richmond
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Draper
    I recently did a blog post on this exact topic, you might wanna check it out:

    The 5 Best WordPress Themes For Internet Marketers

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any help!
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  • Profile picture of the author test11223344
    I use and like Optimize Press. It's worth checking out.
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  • Profile picture of the author eric157
    I love woo theme its great aweome..
    i enjoy using it...
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