October 31, 2013
Because WordPress is the most popular CMS platforms on the Internet today, many hackers have consolidated their efforts toward only hacking or spamming WordPress websites. As a result, millions of WordPress blogs and websites are hacked each day, leading to lost work, irreparable damage to search engine ranks, and putting visitors and users in danger of having their own information hacked as well.
Below are five plug-ins that can be used to increase WordPress security for your blog. If you also want to check out anti-spam plugin, check out the post: Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Kill Spam
Tags: hackers, Security, Spam, WordPress
October 29, 2013
Bloggers and gadgets go together. While you may not inherently be fixated on gadgets, at its most basic level, blogging requires you to make use of – at the very least – a computer. Of course, as things go, a blogger usually finds the need to have a mini arsenal – a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone.
While there are many affordable options, having several devices at your disposal can easily make a dent on your finances. It is thus a huge bonus any time a blogger can find ways to save on gadgets. Here are some ways you can ensure that you don’t have to spend more than you have to – whether on a new purchase or repairs. read more
Tags: gadgets, Technology
Google+ Hangouts enable anyone to host a group video chat, and with the On Air component, anyone can record and stream live to their YouTube account. When I first joined Google+ on its second day of existence, Hangouts really stood out. While, let’s be honest, a lot of the functionality of Google’s own social network is similar to Facebook and Twitter, no other social network offers such a robust group video chat tool…for absolutely free.
In the early days, the service had its ups and downs. There would be crashes, performance issues on Macs, and were even some cases of Hangouts On Airs completely failing to record. Yeah, not something you’re happy to find out after having an hour long conversation that’s now in Internet purgatory. However, those days have quickly been left in the dust, and Google+ Hangouts are more robust than ever.
In the past several years, bloggers have really embraced podcasting. With faster broadband connections, including affordable mics and high quality webcams, many have also incorporated video. While you can use a service like Skype to chat with guests, it comes at a price. You have to buy software to record conversations, the connection quality can be hit or miss, and video chat with more than two people requires a paid Premium account. read more
Tags: Google, Google+ Hangouts, Podcasting
October 24, 2013
John Pettitt is the founder and CEO of Repost, a content syndication platform that allows you to easily republish content without it losing attribution, advertising and more. A veteran of the tech space, John has successfully lead two companies into an IPO, including CyberSource which was acquired by Visa for $2 billion.
What makes Repost a great tool for content creators?
Repost means you don’t have to create all the content yourself, and your original content can serve you beyond your own site generating audience and revenue. There is a very clear relationship between posting more and getting more traffic. In fact, traffic scales pretty linearly with the number of posts you make. Repost gives you a way of adding more content easily and quickly. Some examples – a hyperlocal site could add movie reviews from Fandango or a news site could add analysis from the Christian Science Monitor or The Economist. Sports sites can add national coverage from Fox Sports, SB Nation, FanIQ, and Bloomberg Sports.
On the outbound side, the best ad for your content is your content. Every time somebody embeds one of your articles it generates ad revenue, traffic, and brand exposure. Readers of embedded articles are 95%+ new to that publisher’s content. Where else can you get that exposure and great CTR’s with an asset you’ve already paid for? read more
Tags: John Pettitt, repost
October 23, 2013
We all know SEO is important, especially for blogs because they get new content regularly. However, if you haven’t educated yourself enough on SEO, then simple mistakes may have a will long-lasting impact on your blog, even though you may have great content.
Even though you may consider yourself in the writing industry, if your content is being published online, then you also need to become an SEO expert. Otherwise, you risk undermining your content and not getting the exposure that you deserve.
Rambling Meta Tags
Meta tags that are too long are one of the most common problems that I see during my website Internet marketing audits that are completed for clients. If your meta tags are too long, then they will get cut off in Google (and other search engines ), leading to incomplete information for both the search engines and your potential readers. Title meta tags must be under 65 characters (including spaces) and description meta tags must be under 160 characters. Most SEO experts (like Moz) agree that 155 characters is a good maximum to shoot for.
When redoing meta tags, be sure to include more top keywords and a good description of what that specific page is about. In addition, for WordPress blogs, you can use a SEO plugin that will automatically optimize these meta tags (as well as complete basic SEO) for you.
Tags: blogger, Blogging, plugins, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, WordPress
October 22, 2013
Spam may be a delicious treat depending on who you ask, but in its digital form by way of your WordPress blog, not so much. No matter what you do, spammers will find your blog. Granted, you can easily blacklist IP addresses, but that doesn’t always keep them from coming back. When most people think of a spammer, they think of some person sitting behind a keyboard. However, with the power of software and sophisticated systems, many spammers are actually scripts or bots that automate the work which used to be done manually.
Akismet needs no introduction. Included in every WordPress install, it is the original comment spam blocker. According to its website, Akismet has blocked nearly 100 billion comments. Free for personal use, there are several paid plans to choose from, starting as low as $5 per month for businesses. For many bloggers, Akismet gets the job done, but it offers very basic functionality. read more
Tags: comment spam prevention, fighting spam, wordpress plugins
October 21, 2013
If you currently run a blog, there are a few simple tweaks you can probable make that will increase the return on your daily efforts. Granted, not everyone blogs for the sake of self-promotion or business. But in reality, anyone who can command an audience online should be able to monetize that if they so choose, and email lists are one of the most effective ways of capturing momentum to better realize this goal. When visitors hit your site, they have two options – they can delve deeper, potentially toward a purchase, or they can leave. With email sign-ups, you have a chance to invite these people back, time after time, to check out your content, your products and your business.
Anyone who runs a blog should also run a parallel email newsletter. For the sake of some additional content, it can be possible to build up a mailing list that hangs on your every word, similar to the audience you can command on your blog. An email list puts names and email addresses to your web traffic, so you can constantly engage with them for promotional purposes. Whatever you blog about, this gives you the advantage of on-demand traffic for your content, or for your self-promotion online. read more
Tags: how to build a mailing list
Most modern advertising and marketing strategies are trite, because they’ve been used hundreds–if not thousands–of times before. Consumers have seen the same ads so many times that they’ve now grown accustomed to them. These days, vanilla marketing by itself just isn’t enough; you need to be innovative and think outside the box. That’s exactly where guerrilla marketing comes into play. read more
Tags: Blog Marketing and Monetization, Marketing
October 18, 2013
Tough laptops are really just built for one reason – to withstand rougher environments that are not meant for most consumer electronics. This means they are built to take extremes of heat, cold, wind, shock and even that great killer of most electronic devices, water.
Now if you’re looking for a laptop that will go anywhere you want to go and take the thrills and spills of travel into exotic locations, or withstand the environment of a working jobsite, here are four top laptops that are built to take whatever the world will dish out.