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5 Apps for Blogging from Your iPad

Blogging has always belonged to the land of desktops and laptops, but blogging from your iPad is getting easier all the time thanks to some smart, stylish apps. Here are the five best iPad apps we’ve found for blogging.

1. Posts

Posts app

Posts app

Works with: WordPress, Blogger
Price: Used to be $9.99, but now it’s free!
Simply put, Posts is the best blogging client for iPad. It’s got the kind of slick interface that Apple itself could have made, its lovely design features thumbnails to make managing your blog more visual, it offers both WYSIWYG and HTML editing, and you can even use it to manage multiple blogs. You can moderate comments from right inside the app, and there’s a robust offline blogging mode, too. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more full-featured, easy-to-use, beautiful blogging app anywhere. I wouldn’t mind seeing support for more blogging software, but for what you get, at zero cost… Posts can’t be beat. Read More

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How to Place Keywords in a Blog Post Properly

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You may have noticed that the SEO game has become a lot more difficult lately… Mostly due to the recent algorithm updates like the Penguin and, like always, due to the ever-growing competition for valuable keywords.

However, some things remain unchanged. For instance, you still need to find a way to let Google know which keywords you’re targeting.

The fact is that Google can figure this out on their own, kind of (through links, and social media interaction), but introducing some good on-page SEO can make things a lot quicker.

You have to be careful, though. Google now openly admits that they discourage all forms of active link building, and probably any other type of active SEO work as well.

So how to overcome this and not get in trouble? Read More

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Best Analytical Tools for Your Mobile Phone

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Keeping track of your website is a big deal, and with pretty much everything else going mobile, your analytical tools should be too. Most analytics update in real time, so why not get a mobile analytics app to help you actually track your site as views happen. Here are the best analytical tools for your mobile phone.

Google Analytics Mobile – One of the most popular analytical tools of all time, Google Analytics is now available on your mobile phone. The app features complete access to Google’s Analytics dashboard including website, app, and site analytics. You can log into this in the same way you would online, which makes the app simple and easy to use. Read More

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WordPress For iOS Makes Photo Blogging Fun Again

After many months of waiting, WordPress has finally blessed iOS fans with features that have long been enjoyed by Android, Nokia and Blackberry fans.

While the inclusion of WP.com stats will please data geeks (which requires JetPack or the WP.com Stats plugin), photo bloggers will love quick photo which is even easier than Tumblr’s iPhone app.

As you launch the app, you’ll notice there’s now a button in the bottom of your blogs list. Tap it to launch the camera and take a picture, when you’re satisfied you can add a title or a description (if you want, both are optional), and boom — you’re done! (WordPress for iOS)

It takes only 4 quick taps (from launch to publish) to send a photo to your blog compared to Tumblr’s 6 taps (7 if you start within the dashboard).

For those of you with WordPress Tumblogs, you will be glad to hear that the team is also planning on supporting post formats in the future, although there is no time table as when that will appear (as WordPress has to implement a core patch in order correctly assign the image post format).

Hopefully WordPress will consider other media formats such as video, quotes and audio files (note: perhaps changing between them by sliding the “quick photo” button to the side?), as their mobile apps could help WordPress regain some lost ground against Tumblr.

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How Would You Improve WordPress For iOS Beyond Stats?

After releasing numerous bug fixes and redesigning the interface, WordPress iOS developers are about to add some extra life to the bare bones app.

The most important to-do in the 2.8 road map is Localization. WordPress for iOS will now become much more accessible for many users. 2.8 will also introduce a Stats view (finally!), a Quick Photo button, as well as a few more nifty improvements. (WordPress for iOS)


WordPress Stats is a feature that every other smartphone platform (even Nokia!) has long enjoyed save iOS fans, who had to rely upon a third party app to receive their WP stats fix.

While the next update will finally bake in stats, WordPress is still looking for a few more good ideas on how to improve the app further (probably beyond what has already been discussed).

One suggestion that has yet to be widely discussed would be for the iOS app to embrace post layouts for Tumbl themes using status, quotes, asides, links, etc., similar to what Express App does (minus the hacking or WooThemes requirement).

For those of you who enjoy blogging on the go, what extra features would you like to see integrated within the WordPress app?

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WordPress For iPhone Inherits A New Look

WordPress has released a new update to their universal iOS app which sports not only a slicker layout, but also seems to have resolved most of the bugs from the previous version.

Simply select the icons along the bottom of the post editor to edit post settings, view attachments and add media. You can also now upload multiple media objects at once!

‘Pull to refresh’ has been added to the list views of the app. To refresh the list, simply pull down until the arrow flips around and then release[.] (WordPress for iOS)

One of my favorite features is the ability to email commenters from within the app, which makes it easier to reply to readers privately without having to log into your blog via mobile Safari.

As a bonus WordPress has “magically” (to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs) reduced the amount of time uploading videos to a blog, and has even made it easy to cancel videos uploading midway by tapping upon the clip.

Note: Bug resolved. See update below.

The only “critical” bug I discovered while using the app was the fact that WordPress seems to enjoy silencing my music (even upon third party apps like Pandora) whenever I launch WordPress for iOS. :-(

Music silencing aside, the latest update should resolve most of the issues for WordPress fans (especially those using “unlimited hosting” plans), and is available for free upon the app store.

Update: Apparently the bug (which was also replicated within other apps ironically) dissappeared after syncing my iPhone with iTunes.

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How To Blog From An iPad (If You Must)

With many people receiving iPads through a credit card or a significant other (lucky them), a few have wondered whether the iPad is an excellent tool for producing content (and not just consuming it).

Although it is easier to create a lengthy post via iPad, adding your own custom media (like images) might be slightly difficult due to the iPad’s limitations.

For those of you desiring to ditch your laptops, here are 3 iPad apps that can help you blog upon your latest iDevice without having to resort to a super sized iPhone app. Read More

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3 Reasons Why WordPress Should NOT Make An iPad App

Often on the forefront of mobile blogging, WordPress has been able to spread the “WP love” upon multiple devices (specifically for the Blackberry, iPhone and Android smartphones), with plans  to create a Nokia app as well.

While bloggers will probably swallow the iPill and buy the iPad, it may not be in WordPress’s best interest (or even its rivals like Typepad and Squarespace) to create an iPad app due it its present limitations. Read More

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Seven Reasons Why You Need An iPad If You’re A Serious Blogger

There, I said it. If you’re a serious blogger, proud of your blogging, you need an iPad.

Stop complaining about the lack of Flash because you’re off the mark. Don’t label the iPad as underwhelming without understanding the device, all while still being blinded by the pre-announcement Unicorn device hype.

Now the iPad has been unveiled we can accept its platform-changing role and look at how this device will change your routine. More than any smartphone before has.

There’s no way round it. Bite the bullet, shell out those $$$ and get your iPad. Here are more than seven reasons why you should get one.

The Perfect Second Screen, Dual Setup

Once you have tasted and gotten used to a dual screen setup you will not want to return to a single monitor setup anymore. No laptop, or software, is good enough to replace the luxury of having two screens. Neither Spaces nor virtual desktops can anywhere nearly emulate the experience of two screens side-by-side. Bill Gates has three monitors, Al Gore loves to show off his ridiculous three 30″ screen setup. Once you get used to multiple screens there’s no way back. The iPad makes this now possible AND portable. Read More

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