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Archive for July, 2011

How to Improve Your Blog’s Traffic

Everyone knows that it takes a lot of time and effort to create a good blog but there’s a big difference between having a good blog and having a great blog. It’s difficult to find the time to put into it, especially if you’re not seeing the kind of readership and traffic that you’d like. You may have the best blog in the world but if no one is reading it then what’s the point? Below is a list of a few ways that you can increase your blog’s online presence and ensure that your little venture doesn’t fall by the wayside, as so many other used-to-be bloggers have.

• Checking Out the Competition:

If you find it difficult to come up with new, fresh, or interesting ideas then consider checking out the competition to see what they’re up to. You don’t want to take directly from what they’re doing but by looking and seeing what they’re up to can give you great ideas of fresh approaches that your competition might not have considered. Look at this avenue as getting a little inspiration. Read More

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11 WordPress Plugins For Travel Bloggers

For many of us traveling the world is a dream that we take in steps. A city here, a country there, and it is a craving that keeps taking us further and further from home. Some keep track of it in pictures or memories, or in stories told to those closest to them or strangers they meet. But more and more travelers are opening up their own blogs to share their experiences and inspire others to join them in seeing this great planet where we live.

In addition to this trend, using WordPress (though Tumblr is on the rise!) to write about those travels is a popular option. Clean looking and easy to use, it can provide the average blogger with the tools that professional graphic designers might use to create their own website. Since it is fully customizable it is a great way to get the exact look and format you want. It is also useful because of the many plugins available to make the task a little easier.

Here are 11 awesome plugins that the travel blogger can use for their own blog. Read More

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Add Your Google+ Profile to WordPress with GoogleCards Widget

GoogleCards Widget: Add Your Google+ Profile to WordPressJohn Henson of PlusDevs developed a handy widget to display your Google+ profile to your WordPress site.

The widget is as simple as WordPress widgets come and only requires you to add your Google+ ID. Sadly there is no option in the GoogleCards to add someone to your Google+ Circles without leaving the site but we hope that this will be integrated to GoogleCards once the Google+ is launched officially and the Google+ API will be released.

Visit PlusDevs to download the plugin here

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Change WordPress 3.2 Editor Font

With the launch of WordPress 3.2 a new monospace was introduced for the editor. Not everyone likes monospaced fonts though. Justin Tadlock explains how to change the editor font, via a simple addition to your theme’s functions.php.

After applying Justin’s tip, your editor will look like this:

Change Font WordPress 3.2 Editor

WordPress 3.2 editor with different font

Categories: Linking, WordPress Tips
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Blogging Pitfalls: What You Need in Your Site’s Footer

Image of Feet

When it comes to blog design, most put the lion’s share of their effort on the area that “above the fold” or what appears on the screen before the user has done any scrolling.

This makes a lot of sense because this is the first thing that visitors see and, as we have discussed before, you can’t ignore blog design as these first impressions can literally make or break your blog.

But what about the content at the other end of your blog? While it might not be the first thing that people read or even something your casual visitor will observe at all, it still has a series of critical functions for your site and ignoring it outright simply is not an option.

Most importantly though, it is the first place at least some of your visitors will look for key information and, if they do, you need to make sure you have what they’re looking for there. Otherwise, there could be legal or other related issues to not having your information available.

In short, you can’t afford to ignore your site’s footer. It’s an important part of your site and one you need to craft carefully both to maximize its usefulness and to avoid any unnecessary trouble.

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15 Awesome WordPress Home Pages

WordPress, which was just released in version 3.2, has always been at the forefront of creative design and we continue to see many great WordPress designs. Too often WordPress designs are immediately recognizable because of the linear, blog home page. For this entry we looked for greatly designed home pages of sites using WordPress.

OctavoDesign

Artdog

The very bright and colorful homepage of octavo designs is all about scrolling. Not only does the main image scroll down when hovering over it, the whole home page does scroll horizontally.
If you don’t believe this site is made with WordPress, check the source code. Read More

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5 DO’S and DON’T’S of On-page Optimization

On-page optimization forms an integral part of SEO. It can be visualized as a foundation of search engine optimization. It is simple enough to accomplish and is an absolutely required entity when we look to rank websites for specific keywords. A decade ago, SEO was largely limited to keyword stuffing in content and the various tags. SEO has evolved and become much more complex. However, on-page optimization has not really changed a lot and has remained more or less the same. There are some subtle yet important points to keep in mind when doing on page optimization. I use many of these techniques at the link building service I work for.

DO’s of On-page optimization

1.      Using Images: Using images on targeted pages helps in optimization. Use a related image and make sure to include your keyword in the “alt” attribute.

2.      External links: The common misconception seems to be the outbound links are bad and there is an attempt to keep them to a strict minimum to preserve the link juice. It would be in the best interest to refrain from using a large number of outbound links on a page. However, outbound links to authority sites is seen to be helpful in rankings. So, link to a couple of authority sites in your articles. Read More

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