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Clean Options Plugin. Clean Up And Speed Up Your WordPress Installation

Wordpress BroomThe Clean Options plugin is probably one of the easiest to use yet most effective plugins currently available for WordPress website users.

As you may already be aware when some plugins are deleted they fail to remove their database tables from your websites MySql database, conversely they leave commands nested inside your WP-Options table. In some cases poorly constructed plugins can slow down your website and keep it slow even after removed.

WP’s Clean Options plugin however helped you find those orphaned plugins and delete them with just a few simple clicks.

To get started simply search for “Clean Options” from the “Add New” screen in your WordPress admin areas Plugins screen or download and install the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/clean-options/

One installed the plugin is located under “Tools.”

After clicking on the plugin you will see the following screen: Read More

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How to Find More Time for Blogging

You can love blogging all you want, but if you don’t have the time you don’t have the time. Time passes quickly, and once it’s gone you cannot get it back (obviously Amanda). For this reason, bloggers sometimes feel pressured into using every minute of every day for something productive. Many bloggers have a family and a social life, and some even have a full-time job. Whenever there is a moment of down time, that’s blogging time.

However, frantically running around every minute of every day is not the way to find time for blogging. Follow the steps below to help you stay sane while still finding time to do what you love:

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The Importance of A 2012 Content Strategy

The Panda update way back in April has reminded us all of the importance in websites offering high quality content in order to retain good positions in the SERPs for highly competitive key terms. But what exactly is high quality content? How often should you be publishing content? How many words are in a high quality article? These are all questions which are still relatively up for debate. But there are some common sense practices that you can put into place today in order to help you put together a robust content strategy for 2012. Those already affected by Google’s Panda update and slowly recovering should only see it as a warning as there are likely to be continued updates which will affect the way in which you produce and publish content. The freshness update at the end of October 2011 is the first indicator that plenty more is yet to come. Read More

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (January 9-13)

Blogging Pro Job BoardTGIF the 13th, everyone! What are you doing to mark this rare day? Whether or not you care about Friday the 13th, I wish you all a great weekend ahead.

Here are the highlights from this week’s Job Board.

Personal Tech/Mobile Blogger

Just how personal do you take tech? Whether you use Windows or Mac, if you live and breathe tech, this blogging job is a great opportunity. Bonus points if you are always on your mobile device! Read More

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Broken Link Checker For WordPress, Easily Monitor Links And Pictures On Your Website

Broken Link CheckerManaging a large scale website and all of the links, images and redirects you’ve created can be nearly impossible. For example if you wanted to make sure that every single outbound link you’ve ever posted still worked you would have to visit every page on your website and test those links. You would have to do the same to check for broken images, broken blogrolls and for other custom fields.
Thankfully you don’t have to manually check for broken items on your website if you simply download a WordPress plugin called Broken Link Checker.
BLC is a program that crawls your website the moment you install it and then looks for links that go to “page not found pages”, “pages that time out” and pages with other errors, the program then notifies you of “broken links” directly through your WordPress backend. Because the program does not rely on WordPress theme integration it will literally work with any WordPress template you choose to install.
Broken Links checker is 100% free and can be downloaded from the WordPress.org plugin repository or by searching for the program through your WordPress admin area.
Once installed the program will crawl your site, the crawling process could take several minutes or several hours. I recently ran the program on a site with 13,500 posts and after several hours the entire site was crawled. Read More

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6 Quick Ways to Improve Your Blog’s Writing

Magnify Writing ImageAlmost every blogger wants to improve their writing and no blogger is perfect at it. However, the only way to truly get better at writing is to either keep working at it, writing every day for years on end, or to study it intensely in a classroom.

But if you don’t have time to either go back to school or wait for practice to improve your work, there are actually a few things you can do right now, in a matter of minutes, that can drastically improve the quality of your writing.

So, if you’re looking to create better written blog posts tomorrow, here are just a few things you can try to help spruce up and clean out your blog writing habits. Read More

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When Is It Time to Get Your Blog Help?

Somewhere along the way, business owners have been fed the mentality that asking for help is a bad sign. Many think that if a company needs to ask for help, it is undoubtedly in trouble. Fortunately, this is untrue in many situations; needing the help of others can mean that your company is growing. This works just as well when you think about blog help. If you run a blog, you are the owner of that blog, and if all goes well it will turn into a very profitable business. For this reason, the blogging industry is really no different than any other industry—when you need help, you need help.

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Choosing The Right Websites For Guest Posts

Blog RulesThere seems to be this sense of urgency among new bloggers when it comes to writing guest posts. On the one hand the more posts you write the more exposure you receive, on the other hand if you spend all of your time writing guest posts you’re own websites content suffers. While I fully endorse attempting to receive as many in-links as possible during the start of your blogs young life It’s also important to realize that quality will almost always trump quantity.

I’m often asked how our readers should go about choosing which sites to submit guest posts to and the answer is actually quite simple. If you’re going to write you should write what you know about and target your own vertical/niche. So exactly how do you go about doing this? Here are some simple steps you can take to prepare for submissions and when investigating potential guest post destinations.

1. Understand the Vertical you Plan to Target

If you’ve just started a technology blog it wouldn’t hurt to understand exactly what type of technology you plan to target, for example if you plan to focus on advances in web hosting technology it would make more sense to target other web hosting reviews and web hosting technology blogs. If however you have started a gadget blog you will want to focus on gadget blogs and specifically you will want to target gadget blogs that focus on your same subjects (tablets, smartphones, Apple products, etc). The reasoning behind this thought process is simple, if links pointing back to your website come from hyper-focused blogs that match your own goals you’ll receive more authority when Google realizes those websites target the same keywords as your own blog. Before guest posting write 15-20 articles and then examine your keywords for each article, determine what your focus is early on and then target partnerships with sites that share your focus by conducting a quick Google search of your keywords and noting any sites that regularly appear for your search terms. Read More

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How to Build a Popular Finance Blog

Building a finance blog is easy. Building a popular finance blog is a lot harder. The Internet is full of them, big and small, and while it is simpler than ever to create one, it is getting harder to be noticed in the sea of sites available – especially in a niche where many will turn first to official financial sources like the Wall Street Journal or MSNBC.

But difficult doesn’t translate into impossible, by any means. You don’t have to worry about competing in the beginning. Instead, what you have to be focused on is knowing how to generate a high traffic site by taking baby steps toward that end. That can be done in several key ways that are less complicated than you might think.

Accept That It Can Take a While

Time is the key ingredient to any blog’s success. You can’t just expect to put up a couple of posts and have everyone flock to see them. There is content to build, and there are connections to make, reblogs to receive andmarketing tactics to try. Even just leaving it there while you continue to add more content will work, but again, it all takes time.

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Blogging Pro Job Board Highlights (January 2-6)

Blogging Pro Job BoardGood morning, BP readers! How has the first week of the year been for you? I hope that you hit the ground running and that you are looking forward to a restful weekend.

Here are the highlights from this week’s job listings.

Web and Graphic Designer/Developer

If you like pretty things, and you have extensive web/graphic design experience, check out this job in West Hollywood. It’s for a high end florist which is looking for someone who can meet their standards. Read More

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