Reviews: Author HReview Plugin

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Google’s current algorithm tends to favor sites with reviews, especially sites with review data that have the proper markup. However, for many small sites or sites that are concerned about the problems associated with user generated reviews, this can present a problem. One way to get around this problem is to create reviews from one expert author and publish that … [Continue reading Reviews: Author HReview Plugin]

WordPress SEO: How to Use RSS and Scrapers to Build Links

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As of July 2012 I no longer recommend using this tactic, as it creates too many low quality links to your website When you run wordpress or any other blog for that matter, chances are your blog is getting scraped, and re-used without your permission. In this post I’ll show you how you can use this to your advantage to … [Continue reading WordPress SEO: How to Use RSS and Scrapers to Build Links]

WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme Review

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The following is a review of the WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme. This is a premium theme that I paid for. This is NOT a sponsored review. I’ve been an big advocate of keeping a website on one URL and not using m.example.com, example.com/mobile/, or example.mobi as your solution (see Dangers of Multiple Website Versions). I’ve also shown example of how … [Continue reading WPTouch Pro Mobile Theme Review]

Who Are You Writing Blog Posts For

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Who are you writing your blog posts for … people or search engines? Depending on your intended audience your posts can and should be radically different in tone and style. This concept is related to my my post on how to choose keywords for your blog posts. When you write a post or article on your blog you have to … [Continue reading Who Are You Writing Blog Posts For]

WP Review Site Plugin Review

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The following is a review of the WP Review Site Plugin for WordPress. Recently, I decided to add reviews to one of my websites and WP Review Site Plugin was one of the two plugins I narrowed it down to (see My Review Plugin Review for the other). I was able to narrow it down to these two, but I wasn’t … [Continue reading WP Review Site Plugin Review]

MyReview Plugin Review

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The following is a review of the MyReviewPlugin for WordPress. Recently, I decided to add reviews to one of my websites and MyReviewPlugin was one of the two plugins I narrowed it down to (see WP Review Site Plugin Review for the other). I was able to narrow it down to these two but wasn’t able to see how well they … [Continue reading MyReview Plugin Review]

How to Completely Backup Your WordPress Website

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Since we’re at the beginning of the year, it’s a good time to remind everyone about backups. Whether you are running one blog or several blogs, backups are important. The best backup solutions are those that backup all of your files, back them up regularly, and work automatically. In this post I’ll show you how I do it.

Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup

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In this post we’re going to be looking at blog categories, why they matter, and how to use them most effectively as publisher.To be honest, I get asked about date, category, and tag archives fairly regularly. It creates a lot of potential for duplicate content, which is why so many people have things set up incorrectly and do more damage … [Continue reading Why Categories Matter in a Blog Setup]

Is Matt Mullenweg of WordPress Playing Favorites with Commercial Themes

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UPDATED: See End of Post A few weeks ago Matt Mullenweg of WordPress threatened to take Thesis Developer Chris Pearson to court over his not supporting the GPL Licence. Fortunately they were able to works things out, a lawsuit was averted, and everything got back to normal … except that Matt Mullenweg might have started to use the commercial resources … [Continue reading Is Matt Mullenweg of WordPress Playing Favorites with Commercial Themes]

Advertising and Usability

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As the web matures and begins to displace, replace, or work with established news, information, and entertainment sources, the advertising that pays for this content to get created is going to change as well. When you combine this with the growth of smart phones like the blackberry, android, and iphone and appliances like the ipad, advertising will soon be faced with new … [Continue reading Advertising and Usability]

Use Scribe SEO to Optimize Your WordPress Posts

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As you know I’m a big fan of the WordPress platform. Although it’s not the most optimal platform, there’s no question that it makes it easier to run a website. I was recently asked by Brian Clark of CopyBlogger to review Scribe SEO a new service/plugin for WordPress, one that was designed to help you do a better job of … [Continue reading Use Scribe SEO to Optimize Your WordPress Posts]

How to Use Tags on Your Blog or Website

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In my opinion one of the more powerful and underutilized tools of a blog or website is the ability to tag your pages and posts. That said, effectively using  tags isn’t easy or straightforward. In this post I’ll take you through some examples of how to use tags and get the most out of them, the pitfalls to watch out … [Continue reading How to Use Tags on Your Blog or Website]

How I Create and Manage A WordPress Website

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While I do have some issues with WordPress, it is one of my favorite CMS tools, because it’s easy to use, manage, and customize. In this post I’m going to give you a bit of insight into how I manage a WordPress website.

How to Speed up WordPress

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At Pubcon this year Google announced page load time was going to become a ranking factor in 2010 (see video below). Shortly after this announcement, Google started showing load time data in webmaster central. Being a bit proactive, I decided to start looking at ways to speed up this site.

WordPress SEO: How to Create Living URL’s

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If you watched any of the congressional hearings about the newspaper industry where Marissa Mayer testified one of the concepts she brought up is Living URL’s. Danny Sullivan has an excellent write up on it on Search Engine Land. The basic concept is a story lives at a single URL and gets added to/edited/updated over time (the way wikipedia articles … [Continue reading WordPress SEO: How to Create Living URL’s]

WordPress SEO: How to Choose a Permalink Structure

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For this post we’re going to be taking  look at the optimal permalink and URL structures for wordpress. There are a lot of different options, and there isn’t a one size fits all answer, however there are definitely better and worse choices you can make.

WordPress SEO: WordPress Security Why it Matters to SEO

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In recent weeks wordpress security, or more correctly the lack of wordpress security has been getting a lot of attention. While most people consider this a site maintenance issue, it has implications that affect your SEO efforts, in this post I’ll explain why, and look at some things you can do to protect yourself, and reduce the damage.

WordPress SEO: How to Maximize Your Internal Link Strategy

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While there are hundreds of thousands of posts on maximizing external links for your blog, like a red headed step child no one pays much attention to internal links. Internal links can be very powerful in helping you distribute the link equity that those external links bring, and they can decrease your bounce rate and increase your page views per … [Continue reading WordPress SEO: How to Maximize Your Internal Link Strategy]

Checking for Broken Links and Link Rot and the Importance of Good Site Architecture

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Recently I’ve been experimenting with a plugin for checking broken links, on several of my blogs, and I’m fascinated by what I’ve discovered.

How to Add a Visual Slider to Thesis

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The following is a tutorial on how to add a dynamic content slider to your Thesis wordpress theme. It’s easily adapted to work with any wordpress blog, but like everything it’s just easier with Thesis