Contemporary web community provides us with such a huge number of facilities for communication by means of different social networking websites and services that there is hardly a webmaster who is not involved in any of them. The number of social media is growing attracting the users by diversity of features and advanced tools which may simplify your work on the web significantly as well as make it more vivid and interactive. But how to control all your social media activity not wasting much time and efforts on it? WordPress is ready to give you a helping hand.
Being the most powerful blogging platform WordPress maintains a great number of plugins and extensions which are developed to help you integrate your any online activity, particularly social networking one, with your WordPress-powered website. Moreover, promoting your blog posts via social bookmarking and linking to your profiles is rather important for the efficiency of your work. So we decided to present you 10 WordPress plugins for social networking which will help you promote your blog and follow your social media accounts with simple clicks saving your time. (more…)
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Have you ever thought where your visitors go after they read you article? They are most likely leaving to other websites. To change this and increase your page views give your visitors a list of related posts at your weblog. There are few ways to do display related posts in WordPress, the hard way is to change the code. I won’t describe it here. Lets focus on WordPress plugins that will do the task in the most easy and time saving manner.
WordPress Related Posts
This nice plugin will generated related posts via WordPress tags and add them to your feed. Very easy to operate plugin.
Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARP)
This is a more advanced plugin. It will give you a list of posts and pages related to your current entry. You have an opportunity to choose which posts will not be displayed by marking certain tags or categories as disallowed.
This is a very good WordPress widget that displays your related posts with photo thumbnails.
Wordpress plugin: Related Posts
This WordPress plugin features the easy customization of the way your related posts are displayed, a single click add and remove relations and no need to add any PHP tags in your template files. The related posts will be displayed automatically at the end of each new entry of yours.
If you’d like to display related posts from a curtain category read this tutorial carefully.
Well, do you display related posts at your WordPress blogs?
Trying my best to be your one-stop WordPress solution I give you dozens of useful plugins every week. Today I’m going to show you my recent findings that I believe are worth your attention.
If you’d like to encourage conversation on your blog this is the best plugin. Among the features are user accounts and reputations, comment voting, comment threading and reply-by-email.
This is a very good plugin for multi-language blogging. Unlimited number of translations and summaries is allowed for any post. There are template tags provided to display the language info.
Very curious plugin that allows your visitors to highlight any part of your page in color and post the highlight to any social website.
* Advanced Blogroll
This WordPress widget will display your bookmarks the way you want. You can divide your bookmarks in categories, add as many widgets as you want and arrange them the way you need them to be.
This great plugin will let you link words from your blog entries to Wikipedia or any website searched by Google.
This WordPress widget will display latest photos from your Flickr photostream in the most attractive way. The widget is very easy to setup and is compatible with the majority of WP themes.
* Welcome To Your Data
This plugin will make it very easy to check all your stats within your WordPress admin panel.
Have you come across good WordPress plugins recently?
Using WordPress to build a CMS website, not a blog, requires to enable some extra features. The WordPress plugins presented below will help you reach the goal and help you easily create a WordPress based CMS website.
* Page Link Manager
This plugin will install a simple menu to allow you to choose which pages you’d like to be included into your main navigation menu. Very useful thing when you use pages instead of posts.
There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins out there. Hundreds of them are aimed to deal with spam comments on your blog entries. Still, the most popular plugin recommended by the majority of bloggers is Akismet. This popularity of Akismet is though not quite understandable as I keep on coming across the complains about it, its reliability and performance.
Well, I’ve found a great anti spam plugin for those who are unsatisfied with the Akismet plugin. Please welcome - AntiSpam Bee.
This is not a captcha or math queries plug-in, your visitors won’t suffer. It doesn’t require a database installation and template modification.
The operation principle of the AntiSpam Bee plugin is quite simple and actually ingenious - it hides your comment box and replaces it with a fake one, thus fulling the evil bots that spam your comments.
There is a great option - you can tell the plugin to mark the spam plugins without deleting it, thus you are able to monitor the work of the plugin.
Another pleasant thing about AntiSpam Bee is the ease of adding and maintenance. Everything you need to do is to download and activate it.
AntiSpam Bee can be used in tandem with Akismet or other anti spam plugin you use.
So, have you faced problems with your anti spam plugin performance?
It’s not a secret that most of us are blogging to earn some money. Thus I decided to make a list of plugins that can help you with this goal.
The most popular way of making money online is Google AdSense. There are hundreds of articles on how to make money with Google AdSense and a number of plugins that make the installation easier and faster:
* Adsense Deluxe WordPress Plugin
This plugin will add a screen to your options panel. From that screen you will be able to create AdSense ad units and manage them, decide what sizes ads should be and at what parts of your blog they should be placed.
The plugins named below will help you easily add AdSense to your blog:
* Adsense Injection
* Google AdSense Widget
As most of the AdSense WordPress plugins require editing your theme you might find Shylock Adsense WordPress plugin to be the better choice for you as it allows to insert Adsense ads to your WordPress blog without modifying the theme.
* AdSense Manager is also a very good WordPress plugin that will help you manage your ads. It generates the code automatically.
* Google Ad Wrap
This fruitful plugin wraps posts and comments at your blog inside Section Targeting tags thus giving you better targeted ads.
And these plugins will help you track your AdSense earnings:
* AdSense Sharing Revenue and Earnings System WordPress Plugin
* Adsense Clicks Tracker
* Adsense Earnings WordPress Plugin
Another popular resource of money for bloggers is Amazon.com. There are several plugins that can help you add different Amazon ad types to your WordPress blog.
* Amazon Autoposter
This free and user friendly plugin automatically posts Amazon products on any keyword you specify, thus helping you earn money with Amazon affiliate program.
* Amazon Associate Filter
This plugin will automatically add your associate id to all Amazon links in the posts and comments at your blog.
What affiliate programs do you use to monetize your blogs?
Almost every post at this blog is giving you useful and sometimes not that useful but curious plugins. It never occurred to me that someone of you may not know how to actually add those plugins to your WordPress powered blogs. Thus I’m going to fill in the missed point and give you a simple guide on how to add a plugin to your blog.
There are WordPress plugins that require editing your WordPress Theme template files and ones that do not require such modifications. Both types are installed the same way, just follow these simple steps:
* Download the desired plugin.
* Log-in to your WordPress admin panel.
* Click on Plug-ins on the left side of your panel.
* Click on Add New and then on the Upload Tab.
* Browse the downloaded plug-in file at your computer and click on Install Now.
* After your WordPress finishes the installation process click on Activate Plug-in.
That’s it, your WordPress plugin is added and active.
Generally this is everything you’ll need to do when adding a plugin, if there are other requirements the developer will for sure specify them, so read the text files that come with your plugin carefully. Besides, some plugins may require configuration, most WordPress Plugin authors give clear step-by-step instructions of the required configuration, so read these carefully as well.
We’ve discussed the importance of search engine optimization here more than once. But I think one more time won’t be a waste.
So, let’s revise what exactly SEO means and how it works.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and is a process of improving the volume and quality of your traffic received from search engines. To understand SEO better you should know how search engines work. This is pretty easy - such search engines as Google and Yahoo use a program called a “web spider”. These spiders crawl the web and collect info about the web pages (content, links etc.) and deposit this info to the search engine’s database. When you want to find something on the web and type your query in the search box the search engine has to do one simple thing - to find the most relevant info in it’s database. To make your blog more relevant to probable queries you should make it rank for the factors that form the search engine algorithm higher. This is where SEO will help you.
Here are things you should check and plugins you should add to make your blog SEO friendly:
* All in One SEO Pack
I already told you about this extremely useful plugin. It allows you to add meta tags, titles, descriptions and keywords to your blog posts.
* Google XML Sitemaps
If you want google spiders to crawl your weblog better you should help them - create a sitemap. This nice plugin will help you do the task easily and fast.
This is a great plugin I’ve already mentioned at this blog, it allows your visitors to bookmark your posts at 99 social bookmarking sites. Find more WordPress plugins meant to help you increase traffic. http://www.wpdaddy.com/blog/2009/03/increase-traffic-with-wordpress-plugins/
Things to check:
* Add Titles and ALT tags to the images you use in your blog entries
* Make sure your meta descriptions are unique and do not repeat your content
* Make sure your theme uses header tags correctly:
- Your blog title (your main keyword) should be placed in an h1 tag.
- Your post titles should be placed in h2 tags.
These are very basic SEO tips for beginners, if you have more simple tips feel free to share them in the comments below.
When you are new to something you for sure prefer to have an expert who will show you the basics, don’t you? Well, I decided to make a selection of the most useful video tutorials recorded by real experts. Now you can say you’ve been taught by the best WordPress professionals
Well, what do you want to know first of all? Of course how to install your WordPress, I can recommend these tutorials:
* How to install WordPress from siteground.com
* Installing Wordpress from killersites.com
Now you may be interested in changing your WP theme:
* How to Change/Activate Themes from ithemes.com
* How to change the theme from siteground.com
* How to Modify WordPress Theme from web2whizzing.com
Good tutorials on widgets:
* How widgets work from ithemes.com
* Create your first widget
* How To Make Your Own WordPress Widget from wpinformer.com
How to install and create your own plugins:
* How to install WordPress plugins from siteground.com
* How to make a wordpress plugin from weblogtoolsvideos.com
Well, this was my top 10 WordPress video tutorials. Would you like to see more of them?