Top 3 WordPress Plugins to Eliminate Headaches with a New Blog

By: Amy Guy Retireblogging.com I have recently started a self-hosted wordpress blog. Through trial and error of my own, I have learned to appreciate 3 plugins that I have discovered. If you are not savvy in writing and editing code, these are great plugin to integrate. They have saved me time and put an end to my staring at the screen until I figure it out headaches. The first plugin is the HTML Snippet (V 1.0). Integrate HTML code seamlessly to your wordpress. This plugin lets you generate a shortcode corresponding to any random HTML code be is javascript, ad codes, vide embedding codes or any raw HTML. The shortcodes can be used in your pages, posts and widgets. Insert HTML Snippet is developed and maintained by xyzscripts . This plugin has saved me so much time in adding advertisements and other links into my page. Very simple to use and works perfect. The second plugin is WPShopcart. The woocommerce plugin was not compatible with my site and I discovered this awesome plugin. It does everything that you need it to do. WordPress Integration, Easy to Install ,Works with any WordPress Theme, Works well with other WordPress Plugins, Shortcodes available. Plugin handles on-line sales order processing for small businesses including digital downloads and Paypal payments – this is easier and more comprehensive than many PC based systems I have seen and used. I upgraded from the free version to the Pro version for $29. It was well worth it. I can easily keep track of my ebook inventory, change prices, announce a sale, update book covers, etc. The pages...

How to Evaluate Your Online Presence

As a business owner, you know that website design has become a very important part of your business’ growth, but there is much more to an online presence than simply having a website for your customers to view. There are a few important aspects to keep in mind to make the most out of your online presence. Website Usability With mobile phones and tablet devices becoming more and more popular around the world, you need to make sure that your website is accessible on multiple devices. You need to test your usability on different mobile devices, to ensure that your audience is able to view your site as it should be, optimized for their particular device. This is very important as a large part of your audience are likely going to be from mobile phones and tablet devices. Also make sure that your website can be viewed in multiple browsers, testing all the popular varieties to ensure that people browsing form their desktops can view the site in any browser. Analytics and Monitoring Website design is only one small part of maintaining your company’s online presence; you will need to constantly monitor your website and analyse analytic and reports for performance, making sure that your website is performing and improving as it should. Make note of your website’s bounce rate and consider the popularity of certain pages and products to accurately assess what your audience is interested in. You can always improve your website, as it is something that you will constantly need to work on in order to perfect. Accessibility It is vital that your website is found...

Traffic Building Strategy: Content Marketing

Huge Traffic Building Strategy #2: Content Marketing These days it is not enough to have a pretty website with your services, an about page and a contact form. If you’re looking to drive traffic to your website or blog it’s essential to be offering good, no …wait for it…great.... content. Content is king. There is so much noise and distraction in the online world, the only way you are going to grab attention and more importantly, hold attention is if you give people great “stuff” to watch, listen, do or read on your site. This might sound daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Really. We’ve got ways; Are you familiar with bounce rate? They come, they glance they go, ba-boing ba-boing! We are looking to avoid bounce rate, and these days, to do so, we need to be creative. I talked about 6 easy ways to get traffic to your blog or website in this video last year, so for those of you who would rather watch and listen, head on over here. Often times the content can be driven from off-site, like Facebook, or a great video ( or series) you produce on Youtube. With a link back to your site you’re gathering folks from the outside and drawing them in. Of course now your job is to keep them on your site, so how to do this? Creativity. Thinking outside of the box. Check out blender company Blendtec.com’s series of video’s “Will It Blend?” In this video BlendTec’s CEO Tom Dickson attempts to blend an Apple iPad. In the past Tom has blended everything from marbles...

Is Keyword Anchor Text Killing Your SEO?

Since the release of Penguin 2.0, many sites have taken a dive in the SERPs. One of the causes of poor SERP performance is an excess of anchor text containing specific keywords. Back in the old days, one of the main goals of link building was to cultivate as many incoming links as possible with anchor text that included keywords and key phrases relevant to a site’s SEO strategy. In recent years, Google has started paying a great deal of attention to the features of a naturally accrued link graph and penalizing sites with backlink profiles that show signs of being engineered by SEOs. High quality sites tend to gather links with a diverse range of anchor text. Most linkers aren’t interested in contributing towards a site’s SEO strategy and won’t choose to include keywords in anchor text, instead using site, brand, or author names, topics, and a collection of generic nouns (“article”), verbs (“said”), adverbs (“here”), and so on. If 80% of a site’s incoming links include keyword-rich anchor text, especially if the keywords are identical, Google’s algorithms are going to consider the site to have been heavily optimized and thus decide that the link graph doesn’t accurately reflect the quality of the site, leading to a discounting of those links and a drop in SERP position. Given that this was historically such a common and effective SEO strategy and is still used by less skillful SEOs, it’s more than likely that a site is going to see a downward push in the SERPs relative to their less “optimized” competitors. So, what can be done to mitigate the...

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization SEO is an acronym for "search engine optimization" or "search engine optimizer." Deciding to hire an SEO is a big decision that may potentially improve your website and save time, however you'll also risk damage to your site and reputation. make sure to research the potential benefits as well because the damage that an irresponsible SEO can do to your site. many SEO and other agencies and consultants provide helpful services for website owners, includes: Emblix solutions 1.Review of your website content or structure 2.Technical advice on website development: for eg. hosting, redirects, error pages, uses of the JavaScript 3.Content development 4.Management of online business development crusades 5.Keyword research 6.SEO training 7.Proficiency in specific markets and geographies. Keep in mind that the Google search results page includes organic search results and often paid advertising (denoted by the heading "Sponsored Links") as well. Advertising with Google will not have any effect on your site's presence in our search results. Google never accepts money to incorporate or rank sites in our search results, and it costs nothing to appear in our organic search results. Free resources such as Webmaster Tools, the official Webmaster Central blog, and our discussion forum can give you with an excellent deal of information regarding how to optimize your site for organic search. While SEOs can provide clients with valuable services, some unethical SEOs have given the industry a black eye through their overly aggressive marketing efforts and their attempts to control search engine leads to unfair ways. Practices that violate our guidelines could result in a negative adjustment of your site's presence in...