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5 WordPress Plugins e-Commerce Sites Must Have

5 WordPress Plugins e-Commerce Sites Must Have

As a retailer, you would want to do whatever possible to grow your sales and develop a customer base. For this very reason, it’s high time that you should build an e-commerce site. This is where lots of buyers make their purchases now, as 41.3% of internet users have bought products or services from online stores in 2013 and will only grow in the future.

The real challenge now, therefore, is creating your e-commerce site. Unlike building a static website, setting up an online shop is much more technical as you will have to deal with your inventory, sales funnel, order pages, and the type of analytic tool to use for monitoring visitor behavior, to name a few.

Thankfully, the process will be made much more easier when you build your e-commerce site using WordPress CMS and the plugins you can download. These allow you the capability to create attractive pages for your products just like the ones on Amazon or www.Engelbert-Strauss.co.uk, manage multiple orders, provide various payment options, and make the buying process seamless for potential customers of your online store.

Below is a list of basic yet essential WordPress plugins e-commerce sites use to set up their products and services up for sale.

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Categories: WordPress Plugins

WIN a WordPress Theme + 1 Year Hosting Plan + 1 Optional Free Domain From ThemeFuse

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Those who are fond of WordPress can look forward to an amazing offer. ThemeFuse has launched its own website scheme. With this new scheme, customers who purchase a hosting plan for a period of one year get the opportunity to use a domain name for free. The ThemeFuse team will finish the set up, and you will receive your login details within a few minutes by mail. Read More

Categories: Giveaways

Website Traffic: SEO Objective or Means to an End?

Website Traffic: SEO Objective or Means to an End?

Web presence management provider Conductor, in partnership with research firm Ascend2, releases an SEO research study “Inside Enterprise SEO: SEO Survey Benchmarks for Large Companies.” The survey consists of valuable data for marketers about how SEO has performed for clients in terms of meeting their business goals.

One of the most interesting statistics uncovered by the study is the perceived importance of increasing website traffic by marketing, sales, and business professionals:

Inside Enterprise SEO: SEO Survey Benchmarks for Large Companies

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According to the survey, increasing website traffic is the second most important objective, behind increasing lead generation.

Well, I’m here to tell you that website traffic should never be an exclusive objective of your SEO strategy.

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Categories: Marketing, Opinion

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights, December 1, 2014

Job board highlightsHow was Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you all went through Black Friday intact and that you’ll have a blast on Cyber Monday.

Here are the job board highlights to help you get more gigs for holiday shopping.

Blogger with UX / Web Design Background

PlaceIt is looking for someone to blog (in English) with a background in web design and/or user experience. You also need to have great writing skills and be able to the research yourself. You should also be able to edit your own work. They will provide the general topic area and you would write within those general constraints.
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Categories: Jobs

15 Best Apps for Bloggers

Editor’s note: This post was written by Cari Bennette, blogger, editing expert at Jet Writers and experienced writer. Her main interests are reading, writing on the Web and assisting blogging newbies.

Incredible apps are revolutionizing the way we write. From dictation devices that transcribe and upload your notes to advanced organizational apps to virtual writer’s meditation centers, writers and bloggers of today have the world at their fingertips.

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Categories: Blogger Tools, Blogging Resources, Blogging Tools

How to Find Guest Blogging Opportunities on Twitter

If you aren’t taking advantage of Twitter to find guest blogging opportunities, you’re missing out. Twitter is a great way to find and make connections with publishing influencers in all kinds of industries.

Recognize the Power of Social Search

Twitter offers its users more chances to connect with people they don’t personally know or share mutual friends with, making it a great platform for locating new guest blogging opportunities. Twitter also offers highly effective, yet simple, search features that can help you connect with the right people.

Additionally, a social search tool like Topsy allows you to search for terms like “guest bloggers,” “looking for writers,” “write for us,” “guest post” and other variations. The results show you who has recently tweeted about seeking guest bloggers, or sites that have recently hosted guest posts and presumably would be open to the idea of hosting more.

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From there, you can tweet back at them or contact them via their website. Take some time to get to know their site before you reach out. Consider whether or not you would be a good fit, and get a feel for the style of the other posts. Read More

Categories: Guest Blogging

Blogging Lessons from Hollywood’s “Angry Black Woman”

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Whether or not you’re a fan of her shows, there’s a reason why Shonda Rhimes is one of the most respected producers and writers in Hollywood. Consider the following:

  • Grey’s Anatomy is on its 11th season on TV, with its overall rank in viewership not going lower than 34
  • Scandal won the 2014 Peabody Award for Area of Excellence in television
  • Both of the shows above, along with How to Get Away with Murder, comprises ABC’s Thursday prime-time programming, referred to as “Thank God It’s Thursday”

So what is it about her shows that has demanded the respect of not only the network she’s in – who has given her the platform to produce some of the most compelling shows on TV – but also of the viewers – who seem unable to flip the switch once her shows roll in? Some of the lessons imparted here applies to all walks of life, especially for bloggers who have had trouble meeting their online goals.

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Categories: General

5 Best SEO-Friendly WordPress Themes for Bloggers

5 Best SEO-Friendly WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Indeed, “good design is good business.” But what does it mean to have a “good” design? It all goes back to how your website or blog comes off when viewed on a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, which is imperative in encouraging users to visit and stay on your site. You must ensure that your blog design follows the best practices in user experience and SEO.

For newbie bloggers, learning how to make it look good is just as important as learning how to make a website. Fortunately for WordPress users, a good design is make possible with just a few clicks of a button – no coding necessary! This is because a blog design using the WordPress CMS is determined by the theme you choose.

For “good design” that observe the best practices in both UX and SEO, look no further than these SEO-friendly WordPress themes below!

Note: You may be wondering the exclusion of Thesis and Genesis theme from the list. While both are ideal for use if you want a clean, responsive, and fast-loading blog, both work more as frameworks in a sense that both come with additional features on top on what you already have on your WordPress blog. While ultimately not being themes in the strictest sense, both still come as highly recommended.

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Categories: WordPress Themes

3 Burning Questions for Google Inbox App

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Google has recently launched the Inbox app for invite only. Upon requesting for an invite, I have received a notification allowing me access to the beta version of Google Inbox on my desktop and smartphone. Here’s what they mentioned on the e-mail:

Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. So the Gmail team built a clean, organized, and helpful inbox to work for you.

From here, one can easily assume that the Google Inbox is the logical replacement to its current mailing system, GMail. Still, considering that the app is still on beta mode, nothing’s set on stone for this evolutionary e-mail app from Google. For those who are still waiting for their access after requesting for an invite, below are some of the most important questions raised by this app that you also ought to know.

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Categories: Reviews

5 Tips for Writing a Travel Blog That Stands Out From The Rest

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It seems like almost everyone who goes on vacation writes a blog to document the trip. A blog is a great way for to document your trip, but most of us don’t tend to get a big following.

Aside from family and friends who read the blog mainly to make sure you’re doing all right on your trip, most travel blogs are only updated for a week or two for the duration of the trip and then forgotten.

So what’s the key to making your travel blog stand out? Consider the following expert tips and advice.

When you’re looking to push past an audience that consists of little more than your family and friends, it’s best to learn from the folks who have been there before. Thankfully, successful travel bloggers are often willing to share some of their secrets and let aspiring writers in on how they manage to set themselves apart. Read More

Categories: Blogging Tips