Archive for the ‘Blogger Tools’ Category
WordPress is notoriously bad on server load, even without a ton of plugins and widgets installed users often complain that as the number of posts on their site grow so do the load times needed to access the site. If you insist on running those 10 must have plugins your site uses there is at least a few plugins you can access for free to help reduce WordPress size and speeds.
WP-Optimize as the name suggests helps users optimize their current wordpress setup. The main component of the program allows users to clear out old post revisions that are no longer needed after a post has been published, remove all auto drafts generated by WordPress and even clean out all comments that have been marked as spam with the single click of a button. The program is also able to clear all unapproved comments. After making changes to the WordPress database the program also offers a quick one click option for optimizing the WordPress database.
By cleaning up comments and revisions and optimizing your database more room is freed up on your WordPress installation, allowing for quicker load times.
Here’s a quick look at WP-Optimize: Read More
Usability is one feature of a website that no designer can afford to overlook. Of course, some obvious rules apply such as underlined and highlighted links so they are easy to find and use. Also, using a sitemap for easy navigation and SEO optimization are other tools that help your website be as useable and visitor friendly as possible. It is true that these rules are not necessary for every website. However, understanding these rules so that you can choose the best ones for your website will help lead to more traffic, more return traffic, greater sales and happier visitors from the market you are trying to attract. Read More
Are you a new blogger looking to find the perfect tools to keep in your blogging toolbox? Or maybe youâ€™re a seasoned blogging professional just looking to see if thereâ€™s anything you have missed. If so, then this post is for you.
Evernote is basically an online notepad â€“ it allows you to, as you may have guessed make notes. Donâ€™t be fooled into thinking thatâ€™s it though â€“ the beauty of Evernote means that you can use it anywhere as everything is synchronised online. Meaning you can make notes on your iPhone, and when you log onto your laptop â€“ theyâ€™re right there for you to read or add to. Itâ€™s a great tool for idea generation. The fact its ultra compatible with practically any device you can think of means it’s a must have in the toolbox.
Google Keyword Tool and Insights for Search
The google keyword tool Google Keyword Tool and Google insights for search are must have tools for any blogger – they allow you to spot ideas – and make sure you write content that’s going to attract traffic. Have a hunch that searches for “Google Places Optimisation” are on the rise – check it in google insights, then have a look in the keyword tool and see what other related searches are around. Then get writing! Read More
Bloggers, traditionally, love being on the cutting edge when it comes to the tools they use. Whether it’s blogging platforms, themes, plugins, social networks, or even mobile devices, if it’s more than a few years old, it can feel trite and dated.
But while this desire is understandable, especially considering that much of the Web’s momentum is built upon this constant progress, it can cause bloggers (and others) to abandon perfectly functional technologies that are still more than useful.
A good example of this problem is email.
While some bloggers are battling email overload, others are abandoning email altogether, or at least shifting their focus away from it.
This, however, can be a huge mistake. Though email may be decades old, it remains a driving force very much at the heart of the Internet. Though, for you personally, email’s functionality might have been replaced by other systems, the Internet as a whole has not moved away from it.
Despite the glamor and appeal of social media and the talk of email killers, email is just as strong as ever and, as such, it deserves to be a prominent focus for you and your site. Ignore or devalue email at your own risk. Read More
Bloggers love to argue about what is the best blogging platform. Whether they’re backers of WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Posterous, MovableType or a custom solution, there are very good bloggers who are strong believers in all of the major tools.
The simple truth is that every blogging platform is a perfectly fine way to run your blog. They all succeed in doing the major task of putting your words, images, etc. online. While they have different features, strengths and weaknesses, you can easily run a good blog with just about any platform you choose.
Unfortunately though, blogging platforms tend to become flavors of the week. As one company or platform draws a lot of attention, many bloggers are tempted to try and ride the wave and move their site to new platforms in a bid to stay on the bleeding edge.
However, this can be catastrophic for a site. Because, while your blogging platform doesn’t determine how good your site is, it does impact your site in other ways. As such, changing platforms, especially doing so routinely, can create serious problems that even a good blog will struggle to overcome.
So, before you chase the latest blogging platform fad, you may want to understand the implications of moving your site and why you might want to think twice before jumping ship. Read More
Letâ€™s talk about a topic that most SEOâ€™s have in common – SEO tools. There are plenty out there that you can use to guide you during your SEO campaign and everyone has their own preference when deciding what to use, depending on what kind of results they want to achieve. Hereâ€™s a list of some of my favorites as they have yielded the best results for me at my seo company in South Africa.
After trying a number of methods to keep track of link building efforts, with all the emails, link partners, linking prospects and more, I found a great tool called Buzzstream. In Buzzstream, all information about a link partner is recorded which means itâ€™s as simple as bookmarking a site for future reference. All the details about a possible link partner will be saved, from email addresses and pages you want to link from to domain page rankings and loads of other stats. When adding them, you can specify what kind of link you are trying to get on that particular site as well, making it even easier to manage when the time comes to request these links. A must for any link builder!
Webmaster Tools is maybe one of the longest lasting and most vital tools around. Not only does it give you the best advice when doing onsite optimization for your website, it will also show you different aspects of the site, including where you have duplicate title tags and Meta descriptions. While these are probably the simplest things to use Webmaster Tools for, other more complex things like malware and 500 server errors are also viewable from here. Read More
The business side of blogging can be tedious. Lately, online and smartphone apps have stepped up to take the chore out of business planning tasks like bookkeeping and invoicing. Shoeboxed aims to move physical shoeboxes full of receipts from the bottom of the office drawer to an easy-to-use online app. We used their site for a month and found many positives that warrant writers to stop and take a look.
The site organizes and stores receipts, business cards and documents and provides money management tracking and smartphone interaction. There are several plans available for use, ranging from free to $49.95 a month. Online. The â€˜most popularâ€™ $29.99 option was reviewed for a month. This plan gives users:
- 150 items scanned by the company
- 500 catch up scans
- 2-3 turnaround time for mailed in items
- Access to the Shoeboxed.com mobile app for smartphones
- Unlimited self-scan
- Pre-paid envelopes and hard copy return
- Personalized Shoeboxed email address for receipt forwarding
BloggingPro recently had the chance to chat with Dave Durand, the CEO of social commerce site Keepio.
Give our readers the Keepio elevator pitch.Â What is it and what sets it apart?
Keepio enables social commerce among established networks of trust and privacy and was built in response to the shortcomings of eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. Friends seek to buy or sell second-hand goods among friends because of the implicit trust, transparency, and reduced friction. (On Keepio, there are no fees for listings or transactions).
Unlike eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace,Â we believe social commerce should focus more onÂ established networks of trust and privacy and lessÂ on transaction fees and interactions with strangers.
We know that friends look to each other for recommendations and insights for productsÂ in today’s consumer marketplaces. Keepio provides an outlet for product discussion, advocacy and purchase, but these activities are amplified with the social validation and feedback from your friends. With Keepio, your products define you, so we will soon make it easy for products to find you too. Read More
As Web-based apps gain greater and greater acceptance, especially for casual use, many of the applications we previously considered â€œmust havesâ€ for new computers may just become specialized tools for those with specialized needs.
One important area where expensive, downloadable software is losing ground, especially among users with limited needs, is in image editing. Though the power of Photoshop is still undeniable, casual users without specific needs have long since been taking up free alternatives such as Paint.net.
But now bloggers have another alternative. Web apps have been increasing in power, speed and usability, making them a more and more appealing alternative to downloadable software.
If youâ€™re eager to try your hand at online image editing, here are five sites to consider as you look to get your next image editing project under way.
With a clean interface, powerful filters, brushes, the ability to edit layers and a slew of adjustment options, Pixlr has all of the features one might expect from a more advanced photo editing package in a free, online tool with no registration required.
Similar to Pixlr both in features and in interface, Sumo Paint has filters, brushes, layers and more in a snappy Web app that can be loaded without registration. However, registering with Sumo Paint gives you the benefit of saving files to the cloud. Also, a pro version is offered for about $25 that allows offline access to the app. Read More
It’s been about a month since I posted free social media icon sources (last time I offered some fun niche blog social media icon options), and with a new school year starting, I though it might be a good time to search for some creative social media icon sets that can give your blog some back to school flair.Â Check out the options below!
1. Puzzle Social Network Icon Set
What grade school student doesn’t love puzzles?
2. Sewn Badge Icon Set
This set reminds me of badges on Cub Scouts uniforms!
3. Moleskin Icon Set
For the discerning student, only a moleskin notebook will do.Â Are moleskin icons right for your blog?
4. Color-stroked Free Hand Icon Set
This is one of my favorite hand-drawn icon sets.Â I wish my doodles looked this good, and I love the crumpled paper.
5. Hand Drawn Social Media Icon Set
Here is another option if you like the hand drawn style.Â This one offers consistent square shapes with simpler designs drawn on grid paper.
What do you think?Â Will any of these social media icon sets give your blog the bling it needs?
Follow the link to read more about back to school and blogging basics on Performancing.