WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging platforms ever released onto the web. Even the most obtuse, computer-illiterate user can create a genuinely professional looking blog that can gain followers over time and provide you with a great place to share posts. From adding media to SEO, it makes it all much simpler than it was before. Read More
Archive for March, 2012
Search engine 0ptimization (SEO) experts often have differing opinions as to the best way to build traffic, optimize page content, and target keywords. However almost all agree that the cornerstone to a successful link building campaign is guest blogging. In this article we examine the benefits of guest blogging, and offer suggestions for how to choose the best site to partner with. Read More
Despite its horrendously long and horrible name the Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share plugin for WordPress is the best way we’ve discovered to date for adding horizontal share buttons with a vertical scroll option to WordPress enabled pages, posts, homepages and other display options on a WordPress setup.
To begin using the program you can visit http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-facebook-google-plusone-share/ or you can search for Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share via your “add new” option in the plugins section of your WordPress admin area. Read More
There are a few ways for you to measure your true level of online success. The first is that your blog or website gets hacked by people looking to extort money from you – thankfully this isn’t very common. And the second, and more common, is a legal threat of some kind. Maybe you said something that rattled somebody’s cage, maybe you posted an image you shouldn’t have or maybe you’re infringing on a trademark that you didn’t mean to. In either case a legal threat is usually related to the size of your online profile – so in a way kudos to you for being so prolific! Read More
If you have even flipped on a computer in the last 24-48 hours, there’s a good chance you’ve seen or heard about the new viral marketing video from Dollar Shave Club.
The video features Mike, the founder of the company, making a blunt but comedic pitch for his service, which sends fresh razor blades to customers in the mail every month. The video has become a massive hit, getting over 600,000 views since its launch two days ago and has been featured on a slew of major sites and blogs.
But even more than a great viral video, Dollar Shave Club is an excellent case study in marketing and in reaching an audience. However, the lessons aren’t just for competitors or other companies, but they can be used by anyone trying to market themselves online, including bloggers.
With that in mind, here are five good lessons every blogger can learn from the skyrocketing popularity of Dollar Shave Club. Read More
Believe it or not, that dreadful little message is actually a sign that your blog is doing well. If you’re holding a contest or featuring content that earns your blog a lot of page views, there is a good chance that your web host will not be able to handle the excess traffic. For this reason, it is important to plan for these big events and make sure that your server does not quit on you just when you need it the most. Your contest could be giving you great visibility, but that can all end with that little message so many bloggers have cried over:
The requested resource is temporarily unavailable due to high demand on the server
Please try this address again at a later date.
Please contact us if you require further assistance with your request.
Creating original content is a crowded field that includes hundreds of millions of websites can be a daunting task. In 99.99% of cases you may spend more time collecting information, tracking down news breaks and looking for sources then you will actually writing content. However if you have an engaged user base you might find that creating new content is just a matter of asking the right questions…literally.
Here are some quick tips to help you ask the right questions when creating polls, questions that will allow you to build a new post around the answers you discover from your readers polling results.
Setting Up Multiple Choice Polling Questions
Start each of your poll questions with at least 3-4 potential answers. If you ask a simple “yes” or “no” question you are stuck writing “10 people said they do like X product and 5 people said they didn’t not X product.” However if you have 3-4 options you can break down your users responses into various percentages and then discuss how products/situations differ and compare to one another. You can also use multiple choice answers to create nice infographics (graphs, charts, etc). Read More
Coming up with fresh headlines for your articles day after day can sometimes become a little tiresome. It is very easy to put a title which comes into your head without actually spending time thinking about how powerful it is. When it comes to drawing in visitors to your sites the headline is perhaps the most important part of the content. After all it is this tag line which will be shared on your social media sites and perhaps in your email marketing too. If the headline fails to attract the right attention not many people will want to spend the time to click through and see if you have something which is worth reading. Read More
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The NextGen Gallery plugin for WordPress is one of the more robust gallery plugins currently available for the open-source platform, unfortunately once installed the plugin is called every single time a page or post is accessed by a user. If you’re familiar with server load times at all you know that unnecessary script calls in turn make your website slower. That’s exactly where NextGen Gallery Optimizer for WordPress comes into play.
Using this plugin developer Mark Jeldi has made it simple to ignore the NextGen Gallery plugin script and style calls on all posts where the Nextgen shortcode [nggallery id=x] is not being used.
To start using the plugin simply search for “NextGen Gallery Optimizer” in your “add new plugins” section of your WordPress setup or download it from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery-optimizer/ and install the plugin in your plugins program via FTP or through the upload function.
Once installed the program offers a very simple interface: Read More