February 10, 2015
Why do you blog? Why did you start a blog in the first place?
You might have been an early adapter, with the idea of starting a blog purely for your own pleasure, but have reached the point where you want to make some money out of it. Or maybe you started a blog with monetization in mind from the get go.
Whichever the case may be, one critical element in creating a successful, profitable blog is to have a significant amount of traffic coming to your site every day. Not only that, you want the traffic to constantly grow from month to month.
With the proliferation of blogs today, it may not be that easy to garner as much traffic as you want; and unless you take certain steps to attract visitors – new and recurring – you probably won’t reach your goals.
One way to increase blog traffic is to create an events calendar. read more
Tags: calendar, Events, increase traffic, wordpress plugins
December 18, 2014
WordPress plugins are always the talk of the blogging town. While there are countless plugins available, there are always those that are not really useful. Then there are those which are cool, but may not add much value to your blog. Of course, there are the plugins which any blogger would want to install simply because they contribute in one way or another – SEO, user experience, and social sharing, among other things. read more
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May 28, 2014
Conversion rate is a very important metric you need to be analyzing and aiming to improve when building and marketing yourself, content and services through your blog. It is a measure of how effective your content is in getting readers to interact with you and your services, or whatever else it is that you want them to do. Whether it’s a share, email subscribe, purchase or comments. The targets are all up to you. The metric is calculated by dividing the total number of conversions by the number of visitors to your site or specific page.
Your entire blog’s purpose, reason for being and level of success can be summed up in this single metric. Bearing in mind that your targets and goals are entirely up to you. Another site’s key performance indicators may not be yours. Only you can measure your success. read more
Tags: conversion rate, wordpress plugins
May 8, 2014
As you grow and develop as a blogger or writer you will need to continuously focus on how you’re going to drive traffic by providing content readers find interesting. Your ability to spark conversations and get people thinking and talking about you, your brand or commentary is what will help create relationships and build authority. Authority in search engines or in the minds of your readers is not about how much content you can create but how much value you can squeeze into every encounter.
As bloggers, how do we provide value for our users and readers? Your answer will depend on what your goals are and what niches you’re serving, but in our field, engaging conversations have proven to be particularly valuable. This is the reason many marketers who have ventured into the world of forum building have enjoy success beyond what they could ever imagine. Since this form of communication offers a richer, more personal and direct experience for individuals seeking answers to questions and a desire to interact. read more
Tags: Forums, wordpress plugins
January 15, 2014
It’s hard to decide which paid WordPress plugins to actually invest in, especially since there are so many choices all over the internet. However, after scouring a list of “Best WordPress Plugins” blog posts, I narrowed down the selection a few that were recommended multiple times or had great online reviews. read more
Tags: commentluv, fanciest author box, gravity forms, premium wordpress plugins, wordpress plugins
November 6, 2013
Video has taken over the web, and according to Diode Digital, the average Internet user watches 186 videos each month. For those of us with easy access throughout the day to sites like YouTube, that number can grow exponentially. While, yes, you can easily embed some code into your blog post, there are many WordPress plugins designed specifically for video. From helping you share self-hosted videos to displaying videos from YouTube or Vimeo in a beautiful way, there’s something for everyone.
If YouTube is your go-to video site, this plugin will help you save time. You can search and directly embed videos, view analytics and even see what people across the web are saying about a video. Its settings page also allows you to automatically set defaults for videos you embed, and here are just a few:
- Hide YouTube logo while playing
- Show/hide related videos at the end
- Show/hide the video title and other info
- Show/hide annotations by default
- Loop video
- Force HD quality when available
Instead of copying and pasting HTML code, all you have to do is copy and paste the YouTube video URL into your post. That means no more messing around with code, and with the proper dimensions for video embeds set in the defaults, no need to edit that either. read more
Tags: Video, Video Plugins, wordpress plugins
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 8, 2013
WordPress plugins come in all different shapes, and sizes. Whether you need to rotate ads or better protect your blog from hackers, there is something for everyone. SEO still has a stranglehold on every website hoping to get in front of the right people, and algorithms are constantly changing. While the algorithms may be outside of your control, making sure your blog can rank well is not. read more
Tags: SEO Plugins, wordpress plugins, WordPress SEO
September 23, 2013
Copyright infringement is a serious problem for WordPress creatives. We’ll look at how users can make infringement more difficult and whether they should.
For those of us who make a living producing content for the web, copyright is often at the forefront of the issues that generate the most controversy. The freedom with which information can be propagated through the network is fundamental to the functioning of the online information economy, but no one likes to see the content that they’ve worked hard to create disproportionately benefiting free-riders. read more
Tags: copyright, copyright infringement, wordpress plugins
August 26, 2013
Life is unpredictable and you never know what surprises it stores up for you! What if one day you woke up and found out that:
- your web site was hacked,
- you deleted some important web site files by mistake, or
- your database got corrupted?
Tags: backups, Video, wordpress plugins, wordpress tutorials