My WordPress Plugin List Revealed (Part 2)

WordPress Plugins are applications that enhance a WordPress websites capabilities and provide additional functionality. They are easy to install and configure so you don’t need to be a programmer or web designer to set them up. For instance, the social bookmark buttons at the bottom of each post and page on this site are a plugin.

Over the years, I have developed a list of WordPress plugins that I install on all my sites. In part1, I shared 20 of my favorite plugins that I use on my sites. In this post I  share the other plugins I install on my sties..

Exclude Pages From Navigation – Allows you to exclude pages from the primary navigation.

Exec-PHP – Allows you to execute php code in your posts, pages, and text widgets.

LessThanWeb Testimonials – Display client testimonials in your website. Display them in a page and/or in a sidebar widget. Supports segmenting testimonials into groups.

RB Internal Links – Link to other blog posts and pages without specifying the full URL. Uses a UI to ease finding the post or page you want to link to.

SEO Smart Links – SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. A templating feature allows customization of the display.

Facebook Fan Box – Displays a Facebook Fan Box

Facebook Like – Adds a Facebook Like button below posts and pages

Subscribe to Comments Now! – Subscribe to Comments plugin has “subscribe without commenting” form, but you must edit your template to insert it. This plugin displays this form without the need to edit anything.

AntiVirus – Security solution as a smart, effectively plugin to protect your blog against exploits and spam injections.

Facebook Comments for WordPress – Allows your visitors to comment on posts using their Facebook profile.

Google Analyticator – Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics.

Maintenance Mode – Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.

What Would Seth Godin Do – Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors.

WordPress Firewall – Blocks suspicious-looking requests to WordPress.

WP Security Scan – Perform security scan of WordPress installation looking for suspicious code.

Facebook Like Button Plugin – The new Facebook like button.

There are thousands of other plugins out there but these are the ones I use day in and day out to provide an optimal visitor experience and make my sites shoot to the top of the search engines with minimal effort.

Karen

By |February 21st, 2011|Blog Success, Featured|0 Comments

My WordPress Plugin List Revealed (Part 1)

WordPress Plugins are applications that enhance a WordPress websites capabilities and provide additional functionality. They are easy to install and configure so you don’t need to be a programmer or web designer to set them up. For instance, the social bookmark buttons at the bottom of each post and page on this site are a plugin.

Over the years, I have developed a list of WordPress plugins that I install on all my sites. In this post and a future one I’ll share my list with you.

Akismet – Filters your blog from spam comments and track back spam.

All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your website.

Audio Player – Highly configurable but simple mp3 player for playing audio in web pages.

WordPress Plugins

Broken Link Checker – checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard and via email if broken links are found.

CommentLuv – Shows a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their site when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourages more comments.

Content Slide Plugin – Displays a simple slideshow.

Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – Generates a fully customizable sitemap.

Fast Secure Contact Form – Display forms on web pages, and sends the information via email when submitted. Blocks spammers. Includes a CAPTCHA.

Google XML Sitemaps – Generates the special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing to better index your blog.

Hana FLV Player – Easily embed flash videos in your website.

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer – Prevent your blog from getting tagged as a ping spammer.

NoFollow Free – Remove the nofollow tag from your blog’s comments, encouraging visitors to leave more comments.

SexyBookmarks – Shows a list of the common social bookmarking icons to blog posts and pages. You can configure which icons are shown.

Simple CAPTCHA – a simple captcha system for your comment system to prevent spam.

TweetMeme Retweet Button – Adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts and pages.

Viper’s Video Quicktags – Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Daily Motion in your posts and pages.

Widget Logic – Allows you to configure which widgets appear in the sidebar on specific pages.

WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks.

WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

Dean’s Permalinks Migration – Allows you to safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links in the website, without hurting your google pagerank.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Karen

By |February 18th, 2011|Blog Success, Featured|3 Comments

15 Blog Content Ideas

Use these 15 blog content ideas if you are just getting started blogging and don’t know what to write about, or you have hit the wall and need ideas for additional ideas for things to write about.

15 things you can blog about:

  1. Tips
  2. Strategies
  3. Reviews of products, services, brands, or people
  4. Industry news
  5. Education
  6. Information
  7. Case Studies
  8. Industry problems and issues
  9. Opinions
  10. Motivation and inspiration
  11. Rants
  12. News
  13. Interviews
  14. Lists
  15. Instructions

If you share what you learn and you always keep learning, you will never run out of things to blog about!

Happy Blogging,

Karen

PS – I’m sure there are many more great things that can be added to this list. Leave me a comment with additional blog content ideas!

By |January 28th, 2011|Blog Success, Featured|2 Comments

Seth Godin and Tom Peters

This is a quick video by marketing legend Seth Godin and management superstar Tom Peters. I must admit, I hadn’t really considered the benefit Seth brings up, but after thinking about it I completely agree.  Tom Peters will share the thing that has meant the most to him professionally in the last 15 years.

You will also learn the marketing activity these industry giants think is the best by an order of magnitude. You will want to make sure you prioritize this method in your marketing efforts.

I am a huge fan of Seth and love his books on marketing. I highly recommend his marketing best seller “Tribes”, especially if you are building your business online.

Enough suspense. To find out what these 2 industry leaders and talking about, click the play button to watch the short video below right now…

If you would like to get started with one of the most effective marketing strategy on the planet or would like to turbocharge your existing efforts, learn how here.

Think Enormous,

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Make Your Website Come To Life With Royalty Free Multimedia

Images, audios, and videos make your website or blog come to life. They give it character and make it appealing to your visitors. The more appealing your website it, the more visitors you will have, the longer they will stay on your site, and the more online succes you will have.

Here are a few of my favorite sources for royalty free images, audios, and videos, many of which are free.

Royalty Free Multimedia

Royalty Free Images

iStockPhoto.com
www.sxc.hu
FreeDigitalPhotos.net
PdPhoto.org
FreeImages.com
FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Shutterstock.com

Royalty Free Audios/Music

PartnersInRhyme.com
OpSound.org
StockMusicSite.com
RoyaltyFreeMusic.com
AudioJungle.com
iStockPhoto.com
ProductionTrax.com

Royalty Free Background Loops

IgniteMotion.com
GroovyLoops.com
RoyaltyFreeMusic.com

Royalty Free Videos

ThoughtEquity.com
FreeStockFootage.com
Pond5.com
iStockPhoto.com

If your website or blog does not provide an enriching multimedia experience, check out these resources now.

Go For It!

Karen_Sielski_Sig

By |November 19th, 2009|Blog Success, Featured|1 Comment