The Best WordPress Plugins for SEO, Social And CRO in 2015

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In spite of WordPress getting some flak in recent times, one can’t deny that the platform is still huge. With more than 74 million web sites using WordPress, it’s only to be expected that developers continue to focus on making plugins for the platform.

This is both good and bad. On the one hand, there is an array of choices that can help make life easier for WordPress users. On the other hand, the plethora of plugins can easily confuse users, especially if you’re new to the game.

That’s why it’s awesome that those who have some knowledge of existing WordPress plugins create resources to share with those who can make use of them. Today, we’re sharing something created by Jamie Spencer: an infographic highlighting the best WordPress plugins for SEO, social, and CRO in 2015. [Read more…]

How to Become a Digital Nomad

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A long, long time ago, in most countries on this planet, people were expected to go to school, get a job, and keep that job till retirement.

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Well, in some cases that still applies, but for many, the idea of holding a job for life and staying in one place forever may be akin to hell.

With all the technological developments in the past decade, it is now possible for one to work and roam the world. The concept of a “digital nomad” is now a very real one. In fact, many people who have desk jobs dream of being a digital nomad. [Read more…]

On the Gigaom Shutdown: Speculation and Reactions

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On the first day of this work week, the tech community was met with the sad news that the highly respected site Gigaom has shut down due to its inability to pay its creditors. In short, it has gone bankrupt.

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The official statement released:

A brief note on our company

Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank our readers and our community for supporting us all along.

— Gigaom management

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Social Media Image Sizes Guide 2015 [Infographic]

Writing an excellent, informative article or blog post is a critical building block in getting the eyeballs that you want, whatever your ultimate goal may be – selling your services or products, for example.

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But no one can ignore the role that content marketing plays. Without this activity, the chances of your wonderful content reaching as wide an audience as possible are nil.

Enter social media.

Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest..the usual suspects.

In order to maximize your content marketing efforts, you want to do what you can to make your social media posts as attractive and attention-grabbing as possible. [Read more…]

11 SEO Gurus to Meet This Year for a Little Extra Knowledge

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All year we’ve been relying on the experts in the SEO industry to help us analyze Google news and figure out how to optimize our websites, get creative, and stay ahead of the curve. Let’s face it, 2014 wasn’t the easiest year when it came to SEO changes and moving forward in the online marketing industry, so researching different SEO articles and topics was probably a daily routine for most.

Below are some of the top SEO gurus we saw step up in 2014 and should keep an eye on as we continue into the New Year. [Read more…]

Most Downloaded Chrome Extensions That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Google Chrome is arguably the best browser in existence today. If you use Chrome as your main browser, then you’re probably reliant on several extensions. Without them, your workflow would probably be disrupted. I know that this is the case for me.

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In spite of the fact that I already have essential extensions, I do realize that there are always new ones to discover. But how do you discover new Chrome extensions that will actually make your life easier? [Read more…]

A Marketer’s Dream: Pinterest Pointers for Spectacular SEO

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Sorcha Mullis, an Online Marketing Specialist with White Chalk Road, a leading search engine optimisation (SEO) and online marketing firm in Perth, Western Australia. White Chalk Road provides SEO, SEM, PPC and online reputation management services to clients based in Perth and wider Australia. Connect with Sorcha on Google+.

pinterest pointersWhatever your business, you owe it to your company to explore the myriad of ways this social platform can benefit your marketing initiatives. Establishing a business presence on Pinterest is an excellent way to showcase your products or services and drive traffic to your website.

If your business still believes that Pinterest is merely about fashion trends and crock pot recipes, it’s time to think again. Take a look at these Pinterest pointers which can help you make the most of the platform. [Read more…]

5 FREE WordPress Video Plugins

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Usually, the first thing that comes to mind for bloggers is to write text-based posts, with relevant visual aids. It has been established, however, that video content can considerably increase your readership and exposure.

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You can always provide a link to a video, say on YouTube, but a much better way is to embed videos in your posts. One reason is that you make it easier for your readers to access the information – they simply have to click play. Another reason is you increase the time on page.

You don’t need a lot of technical know-how to embed videos in your posts. There are a lot of plugins that will make your life easier. In this post, let’s look at some of the best FREE WordPress video plugins. [Read more…]

The Death of the Password: Is It Inevitable?

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Talk about the “death of the password” has been going round for quite some time now. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, and with passwords presenting numerous security issues, it is not surprising that alternatives to manually entering passwords are becoming popular.

People tend to use the same passwords across multiple accounts, not to mention choosing passwords that are easy to guess. Then there’s the issue of not updating or changing passwords regularly.

As such, log-in tech such as USB keys, fingerprint detectors, eye scanners, and facial recognition software is starting to get more mainstream attention. [Read more…]