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Archive for January, 2009

Are You Still Using the Optimal Title Plugin?

One of the first things I install on a new WordPress blog would be the Optimal Title WordPress plugin, which fixes a blatant flaw in WordPress’s default usability and search engine optimization.

Previously, WordPress blogs have the blog title come first before the title of the blog entry, which does not help search engine optimization at all. Having your page information appear before your blog name in the title is advantageous because it provides more meaningful search engine results and browser bookmark names. And of course, we want Google to crawl the title of the blog entry first before anything else.

Optimal Title is mirrors the function of wp_title() exactly, but moves the position of the ‘separator’ to after the title rather than before. Read More

Categories: WordPress News, WordPress Plugins

Twitter Phishing Scam: Watch Out!


If you guys get a Twitter direct message with a link, when clicked, brings you to a page that looks like Twitter and asks for your login details, do not login on that page.

Twitter is the latest target of a “phishing” campaign — an attempt by hackers to gather usernames and passwords through deceptive means. This particular scam sent out emails resembling those you might receive from Twitter if you get email notifications of your Direct Messages.

And lots of people have fallen victim to this scam already. Even Fox News, President-elect Obama, and Britney Spears were not spared.

Okay, I have to admit that I laughed when the hacked FoxNews made a quip about Bill O’Reilly’s sexuality, or when Britney Spears announced something about the size of her privates, but this is a serious problem here.

The Twitter blog offered some ways to recover your account if you have fallen victim to this trick:

…If you find yourself unable to login to your account with your username and password, please use the reset password link to regain access. This will send an email to the address associated with your account and you’ll be able to create a new password.

If you don’t receive the reset password email, please check your junk or spam email folder as it may be accidentally delivered there. If you are still having trouble logging in, please contact our support team and we’ll help you out.

So people, be careful about your DMs, and keep those accounts safe!

Categories: Microblogging

Update Your Twitter, Doogie-Style

If you’re young enough to have watched the hit 80’s TV show Doogie Howser, M.D., then you must remember the scene at the end of each episode. Doogie Howser, played by Neal Patrick Harris, would go to his ancient IBM PS/2 and write his reflections there. In fact, it has been jokingly said that he was the first blogger.

Doogie Howser M.D.

Now you can do a Doogie Howser and ramble with your daily thoughts with a simulated IBM PS/2 interface! Go to Twoogie to channel his prodigious wit into your own twitter-feeds. Read More

Categories: Microblogging

WordPress Plugin: CommentLuv

CommentLuv is a great way to reward your blog readers who leave a comment on your blogs. If your commenters leave their blog URLs on their posts, this plugin would parse the URL for the RSS feed and automatically find and include in the comment the latest blog post of your visitor.

This encourages your visitor to leave more comments because there’s automatic link love given to your commenters. So, in a sense, everyone wins: you will get more comments (which improves your Google standings) and your visitors will get link love and it will definitely increase clickthroughs for them and (if you use the DoFollow Plugin) their pagerank would also improve.

CommentLuv is available for WordPress and WordPress MU, and is compatible for WordPress versions 2.6 and up.

To install CommentLuv, you have to first download it from here, then unzip it. Open up your favorite FTP client and upload CommentLuv to wp-content/plugins. Once the upload is done, you need to go to your plugins page and activate it.

Once it’s activated, you’ll be able to go to the settings page and if you wish, change some settings of the plugin. The plugin will auto-configure for your comment form. If you have a nonstandard comment form or a plugin type comment form, you will need to enter the name or ID values for the author, url and comment fields.

When you’ve finished doing those steps, you visitors would be able to automatically leave the latest posts of their blogs on your blog. CommentLuv also comes in a Drupal version as well, for you non WordPress users.

Download CommentLuv for WordPress here.

Categories: WordPress Tools