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  • 10 Must Have Content Creation Tools and Tactics

    Posted:Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:19:44 +0000

    Creating content is not as easy as it used to be. This is especially true if your content consists of guides and giving a straightforward step by step process to your audience, like this guide provided by Jamie Spencer. Back in the day, you could get away with stuffing your articles and blogs with keywords and spammy links and you would rank well. Over time search engines wised up to these tactics making it much more difficult; however, with the right tools and tactics for content creation, your site should not have any problems beyond how to handle all the visitors coming to your website or social media page!

    If you’d like to improve your web traffic, here are 10 must have content creation tools and tactics:

    1. Content Calendar

    The first thing you need is a plan, so you will want to come up with a content calendar. A content calendar is just what it sounds like: an organized succession of content scheduled over a period of time. It keeps your content creation precise like a laser rather than buckshot. 

    You can use a paper calendar to pencil in your planned posts, or use an app such as Google Calendar to plot your plans. It is recommended that you plan your content up to 6 months in advance. The trick is to make a plan and stick to it as closely as possible, unless something particularly important, interesting, or exciting comes up that you simply have to write about or feature in a timely manner.

    Keep your topics cohesive and/or logical by making a mind map. Start with the main topic at the center, and identify related topics as offshoots. If you are stumped for ideas, type in a keyword or phrase on a search engine, and check out the related searches. That should give you some great ideas for topics. 

    2. BuzzSumo

    If you want to deliver content that is not only engaging and informative, but also trending on social media, you can use a site like BuzzSumo. BuzzSumo collects data on the popularity of specific content on a particular topic on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can filter the results to fit your needs and get a ton of useful information back. You can also use it to find influencers for a particular niche or industry, and monitor the performance of any topic or brand, including your competitors. It is a very useful tool for effective content marketing, and most of its best features are available free of charge!

    buzzsumo

    3. Canva

    One of the must haves of any web content is good quality images. Images can be used as eye candy, to illustrate a point, or as the main event such as an infographic. For that, you normally need to manipulate images. You can use Canva, an image editor that does not require any previous experience in image editing. You can create and edit images, infographics, and graphic designs very easily to make your content or to make your post more interesting. 

    4. Site:Search

    Search engine optimization is all well and good, but what about helping people already on your site find the content they need? One of the first things most people will look for when landing on a website is the search tool, so it would be practically a sin not to have one on your site. Fortunately, it is easy enough to add a good site search tool on your site with services like FreeFind. You just need to register for an account to get instructions on how to set it up on your site. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it can make your content much more visible. 

    5. Giphy

    While an animated gif may not be crucial to your web or social media content, it does put quite a zing to your post. You can use a tool like Giphy to find an appropriate gif for your content, or make your own. The site will also give you instructions on how to add an animated gif to your social networks. 

    6. Evernote

    Many people are struck by an idea for fantastic content at the most inconvenient times, such as during a long commute, while working out, on a bike ride, or when out walking the dog. You can capture the moment by having an app like Evernote or one of the default Notes apps on your smartphone’s operating system. This way you can quickly record your great idea for a topic or Eureka moment before it slips away. You can also do some research, make some notes, and conveniently sync everything with all your devices.

    7. Grammarly

    One of the deadly sins in content creation is sloppy grammar and typos. You can make sure you don’t commit these solecisms by going through your content carefully. However, many writers develop blind spots when it comes to proofreading their own work, and running your document through your word processor’s grammar and spell checker is often not good enough.  Use a free app like Grammarly for more thorough checking. It will even give tips and suggestions on how to make your content better contextually, so you can post your content with confidence. 

    8. Headline Analyzer

    Think about what causes you to click on a post, and you will quickly realize the importance of a kickass title. It isn’t always easy to tell if what seems like a cool title to you will make the grade for most people, so CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer can be very helpful. It is a free tool for assessing your headline, and offers tips on how to make it better. 

    9. Infogr.am

    If interactive infographics is the star of your content, you may also want to add Infogr.am to your arsenal of content creation toolbox.  It is a free tool that is especially useful for creating interactive maps, but you can also use it to create interactive graphs and charts online.  You won’t need to know any coding, and you can customize it to reflect the look and tone of your site or business.  You can even link it to a live source such as Google Docs, so you can keep the data updated without having to take it down and uploading it again. It’s pretty cool; try it!

    10. Free Stock Photos

    It may not always be possible to put original images in your post. It could be lack of time, money, or skill. In any case, a source for free stock photos will always come in handy as the icing on your content cake. There are quite a few sites offering royalty-free photos and images you can use in any way you like, including Pixabayand Pexels, where you don’t even have to credit the source!

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    Conclusion

    Content creation can be a royal pain in the behind, but it is a crucial part of your marketing efforts, so you really have no choice if you want to have online success. With these 10 must have tools and tactics, you might even learn to enjoy doing it. 

    Author Bio: Sef Cruz is the owner of RankingElite.com, an online marketing blog specifically focusing in SEO. Sef has been blogging for more than 3 years now and has been featured in Search Engine Blogs such as SearchEngineJournal.com, Kikolani.com, Ahrefs.com.

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  • Submit Your WordPress Blog to Apple News

    Posted:Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:00:08 +0000

    Back on June 8, 2015 Apple announced their newest iPhone/iPad operating system, iOS 9, and along with it comes a new app that will be of interest to most WordPress bloggers.  This new app is called Apple News, and it will on the home screen of 190,000,000 iPhone users sometime in September 2015. As a WordPress blogger you are going to want to make sure your content is available to these users when they are setting up their News favorites by getting your content submitted ahead of time.

    Submit Your WordPress Blog to Apple News

    1. Access the Apple News publisher portal.
    2. Sign in to the Apple ID you want to associate with your Apple News submission. At this point Apple will ask you to agree to their End User License Agreement for News.
    3. Provide Apple with your personal information: name of your WordPress blog, address, phone number, etc.
    4. Provide your channel information: Desired name of channel, website address, primary audience (or multiple audiences), territories and languages, etc.
    5. Submit your RSS feed.

    Once these steps are completed, your WordPress website will be reviewed for inclusion in Apple’s new News service!!

    Coming Soon: Apple News Format

    We’re working on bringing you a brand new format you can use to create signature content for News. With Apple News Format, you’ll be able to create beautifully crafted layouts with custom typography, rich photo galleries, videos, and animations. Author once and News will optimize your content for all iOS devices. You’ll also be able to connect your existing content management systems to News, and get access to a rich suite of tools for measuring user engagement.

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  • WordPress Continues to Take Over the Top 100 Blogs

    Posted:Sat, 11 May 2013 20:10:12 +0000

    Back in 2006 blogging was still in its infancy and I remember searching for a platform to launch my first blog.  TypePad and Blogger were both big at that time, WordPress.com was around and growing, and Moveable Type, Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress.org were also good options.  In fact there were so many good options that it was difficult to decide what foundation I would use for what I hoped to be my new job.

    For my first few months of blogging I actually went with TypePad, but quickly found that it was very limited and wasn’t a good fit for my needs. I went back to the drawing board at that point and knew I needed something that was flexible and was also going to be around for the long haul. At that time open source was really starting to take off in the mainstream and WordPress.org was leading that charge in the blogging niche, so I decided to align myself with the WordPress community and re-launched my first blog.  Between the WordPress plugins and both the free and premium WordPress themes available, I knew I had made the right choice and was able to quickly make a custom design with little work on my end. The flexibility and the excellent open source community was the key to creating a great experience for me, and many I talked to felt the same way.

    Fast forward 7 years and WordPress continues to meet my needs and validate my early decision. One report I use to determine this is released annually by Royal Pingdom, which has done a study of the Top 100 blogs each year since 2009 and recently published their 2013 report. This report shows WordPress continues to grow as the top choice among the most prominent blogs.  Initially back in 2009, WordPress was on 32% of the Top 100 blogs.  Last year it was up to 48%.  For 2013, WordPress is now on 52% of the Top 100 blogs, and I expect that percentage to continue to grow over the coming years thanks to its flexibility and the fact that it is very user friendly.

    wordpress-top-100-blogs

    According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by over 14.7% of the top 1 million websites and manages over 22% of all new websites created as of August 2011, boasting a total of over 60 million websites.  Its hard to imagine what these numbers will look like next year or several years from now.

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  • Google+ Comments for WordPress Plugin

    Posted:Wed, 08 May 2013 22:56:15 +0000

    google-plus-commentsFor many years now Facebook has had a very popular login feature and also offered the ability to easily integrate blog comments using your Facebook account. These options have proven to be very popular with all types of webmasters as they provide several convenient features and also help to discourage spammy or anonymous comments.

    It always surprised me that Google wasn’t in this game, but the introduction of Google+ seems to offer Google the ability to offer these features to webmasters and be the ones collecting this information.  According to reports, apps that support Google’s login are now getting favorable search treatment and Google is starting to really push this feature.  Then last month, Google announced that Google+ comment integration is now available for Blogger users. So, what about WordPress users?

    Not long after the Blogger integration was announced, the necessary code was discovered to do this manually using the following code:

    HTML:

    <script src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js">
    </script>
    <g:comments
        href="[URL]"
        width="642"
        first_party_property="BLOGGER"
        view_type="FILTERED_POSTMOD">
    </g:comments>

    Valid HTML5 version:

    <script src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js">
    </script>
    <div
        data-href="[URL]"
        data-width="642"
        data-first_party_property="BLOGGER"
        data-view_type="FILTERED_POSTMOD">
    </div>

    Comments counter HTML (replaces < g:comments >):

    <g:commentcount href="[URL]"></g:commentcount>

    Valid HTML5 version (replaces < div >):

    <div data-href="[URL]"></div>

    Replace ‘[URL]’ with the URL of your web page and fit the ‘width’.

    Link your web page to your Google+ profile to verify authorship.

    Dynamic Google+ Comments HTML:

    <div id="comments"></div>
    <script>
    gapi.comments.render('comments', {
        href: window.location,
        width: '624',
        first_party_property: 'BLOGGER',
        view_type: 'FILTERED_POSTMOD'
    });
    </script>

    Google+ Comments Counter:

    <div id="commentscounter"></div>
    <script>
    gapi.commentcount.render('commentscounter', {
        href: window.location
    });
    </script>

    Google+ Comments for WordPress Plugin

    Fortunately, the WordPress community has already come through with an easier solution, the Google+ Comments for WordPress plugin. This plugin makes the comment section tabbed by seamlessly adding tabs for Google+ Comments, Facebook, Disqus, WordPress Comments, and Trackbacks. Early reviews are promising and I manage this plugin will continue to evolve over time.

    If you decide to give this plugin on your website leave us a comment and let us know how the setup went.

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  • PSA: Massive Botnet Attacks on WordPress Installations

    Posted:Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:38:24 +0000

    Over the past 24 hours it has come to our attention that a large network of over 90,000 IP addresses have ramped up their use of a brute force attack to target WordPress blog installations. According to several published reports, the botnet is attempting to gain access to WordPress installations by using the default Admin user name and trying multiple passwords. By default, WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. This allows passwords (or hashes) to be brute-force cracked with relative ease.

    Popular hosting providers CloudFlare and HostGator are reporting that the scale of the current attack is much larger than what they typically experience, with some reports claiming that they are blocking 60 million requests per hour during peak times. After reviewing our logs we’ve already noticed several failed login attempts using the username Admin.

    What can I do to protect my WordPress installation(s)?

    1. If your username is currently set as Admin, change it to something custom. The easiest way is probably by using something like the Better WP Security WordPress plugin.
    2. Change/strengthen your password. Your password should include capital letters and symbols (%+!#)
    3. Install a plugin to limit login requests.  We use the appropriately titled Limit Login Attempts WordPress plugin, but there are several other plugins with similar functionality.

    Once that is done, sit back and hope for the best!

    Update: HostGator has provided additional tips.

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  • 5 Common Mistakes When Backing Up WordPress

    Posted:Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:27:23 +0000

    As a leading Content Management System for managing websites and especially for writing blogs, WordPress makes it extremely easy to back up your valuable content from the database and site files. There are a number of tools you can use that make life easy on website owners and bloggers, but don’t let the simplicity of backing up WordPress leave you with an inadequate back up plan. In fact, there are plenty of back up tools out there that don’t get the job done well enough. Here are five back up mistakes to avoid:

    Only Backing up Your Posts

    Your website has a lot more going on than just the posts on your blog. While losing your posts would be catastrophic, don’t forget that a true back up will include your pages, theme modifications, and WordPress plugins. These elements of your website make it functional, and losing them will be a major setback for your time.

    A tool like Backup Buddy is designed to store all of your site’s information and to restore it all at once should any kind of loss occur. This means you won’t lose page views, advertising revenue, or potential customers when your site goes down. It will be up and running in no time.

    Not Backing Up Frequently

    If you only backup your website on a weekly basis, but you average about one post per day, you could cause yourself some major headaches if your blog goes down and you lose several blog posts. That means any inbound links, comments, or social media shares to those posts will land on your 404 page. While this may be a temporary setback, you will plant a seed of doubt in the minds of potential visitors about the quality and reliability of your website.

    Relying on Manual Backups

    There are plenty of online storage options from Amazon’s Cloud Drive to Dropbox, but managing the website backup process on your own is difficult to maintain for the long haul and can take up valuable time. Even if you’ve figured out a quick way to back up your website, it’s one more thing on your to do list that could be easily automated.

    Backing Up Your Blog on Your Computer

    If a hacker can access your website, there’s a good chance he may have already gotten into your computer and other files as well (For more about further protection from hackers, look at the services Passbook hast to offer). In addition, there’s no telling if the files on your computer have been corrupted with a virus when it’s time to restore your site. You could very well be uploading files with the same problems that took your site down in the first place. While you can use a service like Filezilla to back up your site on your own computer, it’s far safer to rely on an online backup site.

    Never Testing Your Backups

    A backup of your website is a safety net that will catch you when the worst case scenario happens on your website. However, what good is a safety net if it has a hole in it? By testing your backed up files, you’ll learn whether your website backup plan is adequate to meet your needs in a website emergency situation. Make sure you have the files you need in a format that you can easily access and restore to your site.

    Your website has information that is far too valuable to leave your back up files in a state of uncertainty. If you don’t know about the security, scope, and viability of your website backups, it’s time to look into a reliable, automated WordPress back up option or to carefully test which back up plugin is right for you.

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  • How Using Too Many WordPress Plugins Can Kill Your Website

    Posted:Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:26:31 +0000

    There are many thousands of WordPress plugins you can use for free, and there are also more you can buy for different purposes. According to WP Beginner, as of September 2012 there were more than 21,000 free plugins in the WordPress plugins repository! The question is; do you have to use all of them? You have probably seen a sidebar of a blog with a mile long list of awards and a multitude of links to other pages. Some people go as far as including hundreds of flashy widgets. If you are thinking of using several plugins, you should first learn why using too many of them will impact negatively on your readership.

    They May Slow Down Your Website

    This is, perhaps, the most annoying feature of using too many WordPress plugins. This slow down occurs because every plugin you use sends a server request when each of your readers loads the site. Imagine the effect of having fifty plugins when ten users are on your site. What about a hundred plugins with a thousand users? Do you really want your site to be that slow?

    Some WordPress Plugins are not Secure

    Just because a plugin works well does not mean that it is secure. Some plugins, especially the free ones, can be exploited by hackers who can then hack into your site. For example, users of some plugins such as WP Total Cache and WPTouch have been asked in the past to update their passwords after it was realized they were not secure. Since it is not always easy to know upfront which plugin is safe and which one is not, you will be doing a great deal of service to your site by installing only the minimum number necessary.

    Free WordPress Plugins may not be Available Forever

    If most of the plugins you are using are free, then you should be prepared for the day they will close down. Free things rarely last forever, and when the project shuts down, you may be stuck with something that doesn’t work. This is the time when the developers of the plugins will not be responding to your queries, the plugins may not be compatible with some of your tools and they may not even be responding. The more WordPress plugins you use, the higher the chances that this may happen to your site.

    Conflicts Amongst Different Plugins

    If a plugin is not compatible with another one and you install both of them, you are introducing a problem to your site. It is not unheard of for the contents of a site to wash out after installing a plugin incompatible with another one already installed. This is one of the reasons why users are often asked to backup their site’s contents on a regular basis.

    In conclusion, you should only use the WordPress plugins that you are really going to need, rather than installing them just because they are flashy. Always make sure that all your plugins are updated and protect your site by using the necessary security features, such a WP Firewall2. Additionally, you can have a backup version on your local computer for testing plugins before using them on your live site.

    For WordPress plugin ideas, you can check out our popular WordPress plugins page.

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  • How to Handle a Hacked WordPress Install

    Posted:Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:25:38 +0000

    WordPress is the most popular Content Management System in the world, and a significant percentage of the sites on the Internet use it. That popularity is well-deserved, but it also makes WordPress an irresistible target for hackers who want to spread malware.

    How to Tell if Your Site’s been Hacked

    Sometimes it is obvious that your site has been hacked. Occasionally hackers will simply redirect the site to a different server, so that visitors to your domain end up at a site infected by malware, a site displaying advertising the hacker can profit from, or a porn site. But often hackers add malware or spam links to a site which they want to remain undetected for as long as possible. Having a hacked site can infect your visitors with malware, and it will almost certainly result in a huge hit to your SERP rankings, or even blocking by search engines, so it’s important to be vigilant. There are a number of tools available to webmasters to determine whether a site is vulnerable and whether it has been hacked.

    WP  Security Scan

    The WP Security Scan extension won’t tell you whether your site has been hacked, but it will check for possible attack vectors and vulnerabilities, and offer suggestions for fixes. Of course, often the vulnerabilities will not be in WordPress itself, but in some other part of the software stack. The best way to ensure that there are no known exploits that hackers can use is to keep your software as up-to-date as possible.

    Google’s Safe Browsing Diagnostic

    Google has a service that enables webmasters to see whether they consider a site to be dangerous to visit. Copy the following URL into your browser address bar and replace the part following ‘?site=’ with your site’s URL.

    http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=google.com/

    Sucuri

    Sucuri offers a free site scanning service that will catch major problems, and a paid for monitoring and cleanup service that can help if you are hacked.

    Using these tools together can help you ensure that your site remains safe.

    What Should You do If You’ve Been Hacked

    Unless you are an experienced and expert developer or website administrator, cleaning a site with any level of confidence by yourself is almost impossible. Even if you think you have found all the malicious files and removed all the spam links, the files that make up WordPress itself may have been altered so that they reinfect a site after an attempted cleanup.

    Contact your hosting provider and let them know you’ve been hacked. You might not be the only victim and the host provider’s sysadmins may already be taking action.

    Securi, as mentioned above is an excellent tool, and it will attempt to auto-clean your WordPress installation. Should you choose not to use Securi, or hire a professional to clean your site, then the next best option is to delete the site and restore it from backups.

    Hopefully, your site is hosted with a provider that offers a comprehensive backup service, in which case restoring the site to a previous version should be very simple. If not, we are going to assume that you have been making regular backups of your WordPress database.

    Download a fresh install file from WordPress.org, to replace any files that may have been altered during the attack. Do not use the same passwords on the new install as you used on the hacked site.

    After you have installed a fresh version of WordPress you can restore the WordPress database from a backup that you know to be clean.

    Since you know that your site has been hacked once, and that there were vulnerabilities that malicious parties were able to exploit, if possible, it may be best to completely reinstall the server and restore from backups. At the least very scan the server with an anti-malware tool. If you are reasonably sure that the infection was limited to WordPress, then you should update all of your software to the most recent versions, to close vulnerabilities. If you’re using shared hosting your provider should take care of this for you.

    If you haven’t been taking database backups, it may be possible that the WordPress database has not been breached, and that a fresh install of WordPress using the existing database is enough, but in that case be extra vigilant of alterations, follow the rest of the above advice, and start taking regular backups!

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  • How to Tweak WordPress for Ecommerce

    Posted:Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:39:45 +0000

    WordPress has become a favorite platform for many ecommerce sites: it’s easy to set up a sale button for an ebook or any other file in a matter of minutes. But while WordPress can be a decent ecommerce platform out of the box, there are ways to transform it into a great platform with some relatively simple tweaks.

    Update Your WordPress — And Keep It Updated

    The downside to using a well-known content management system for your site is that more people will be looking for security flaws to exploit. On the other hand, there are also more people working to resolve any security issues. Provided you keep your WordPress installation current, adding each new update as soon as it rolls out, there’s significantly less risk of something happening to your site. Considering that it only takes one malware issue to destroy any trust you’ve built with potential buyers — no one wants to run the risk of putting their payment information into a compromised site — keeping your site up to date and preventing potential security issues has to be a priority.

    You can also prevent security issues by carefully vetting any plugins or themes you add to your site. Even if you aren’t able to evaluate the code on a line-by-line basis, do some research into the problems others may have encountered with anything you’re considering adding to your site. Personally, I have a preference for using premium themes and plugins that are well-known for the simple reason that I’m more likely to have support available.

    Set Up Clear Permalinks

    Built into the core WordPress settings are options to manage your permalinks. Make sure that you’re using links that aren’t just a bunch of numbers or dates, especially if you’re going to be sharing direct links to your sales page online anywhere. Direct links look more trustworthy to buyers, and they also help eliminate problems when people retype a link into their browser. During a longer sales process, you may be surprised by how many times exactly that will happen. In fact, it can be a good idea to have an individual domain that goes directly to your sales page, particularly if you have a lot of other content on your site.

    Make Your Shopping Cart, Payment Processor and Everything Else Match

    Depending on the themes and plugins you might use to set up different ecommerce elements on your site, you can wind up with a site that sends people off to far-flung parts of the internet to complete the sale. Even if they stay on your site, pages can wind up looking very different.

    With only a few exceptions, though, you can make sure that each step of the purchasing process looks identical. Most payment processors will, at least, allow you to add your own logo to the page, if not add CSS styles or other elements to make offsite pages look the same as those that are actually on your site. The more times you ask a buyer to trust an entirely different website (particularly in terms of visual cues) the more likely that buyer is to stop the purchase process and close the window. You need to prevent that as much as possible.

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  • 10 Most Common WordPress Plugins

    Posted:Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:31:00 +0000

    The viability of WordPress (WP) as a blogging tool is non-existent without the existence of WordPress plugins. These are part of the features that enable bloggers to extend the abilities of their blogs beyond their base installs. Plugins are integral in the addition of widgets. They are also useful in undertaking SEO activities. Currently, WordPress boasts of 18,000 plugins in its database. The following are ten of the most popular WordPress plugins:

    1) Contact Form 7

    Contact Form 7 allows web developers and bloggers alike to manage numerous contact forms. They can also undertake a customization of WP’s mail contents and form. This is usually a flexible process that involves the use of simple markups. Contact Form 7 supports CAPTCHA, Akismet-based spam filtering and Ajax-oriented submitting.

    2) Jetpack

    This plugin uses the cloud power from WordPress.com to supercharge self-hosted WordPress sites. It boasts of numerous features that comprise email subscriptions for comments and blog posts. It also allows users to submit comments via social networks. Jetpack comes embedded with widgets that display the most current tweets while commenters can benefit from Hovercard popups via Gravatar.

    3) WordPress SEO

    The Yoast-made plugin allows bloggers to preview the appearance of their posts in search results. As such, they can adjust certain features of their posts to their liking. These include the title and meta descriptions. WordPress SEO also analyzes the post to check for availability of images, subheadings, meta descriptions and alt tags among others. This enables bloggers to add anything that they may have forgotten.

    Its packages do not end there; WordPress SEO also creates XML sitemaps automatically before sending a notification to various search engines. Bloggers can also increase their SEO rankings. This is usually possible through the addition of links to RSS feeds.

    4) WordPress Importer

    Thanks to WordPress Importer, bloggers or web developers can transfer content from WP export files. Examples of such content include comments, authors, post metas and custom fields. It is also possible to import pages, custom posts, tags and categories.

    5) NextGEN Gallery

    For those who possess a photo-driven blog, NextGEN gallery is the perfect plugin for their blogs. It boasts of a powerful ability to manage and upload image galleries. Within this feature, bloggers can import data, batch upload, sort, add, rearrange or even delete images.

    Bloggers can also enjoy the two types of display designs in the form of thumbnail and slideshow galleries. NextGEN Gallery enables users to edit their galleries and organize their photo albums. It allows for the addition of watermarks to galleries or batches.

    6) Gtrans (GTranslate)

    Downloading Gtrans comes with a plethora of features. For instance, users have the option of translating their pages on fly. The plugin also facilitates mouse over effects and allows for operation through Pro versions. It boasts of various styles, which comprise flags, dropdown or flags with dropdown.

    7) Akismet

    Akismet has duly proven to be a top WP plugin. This is clearly evident in its ability to detect spam comments. Using its web service, Akismet reviews comments on the blog to detect whether they are spam or not. The recent release of Akismet 2.5 boasts of new features.

    Some of these features include a display of the history of spam comments. Users can also unearth misleading or hidden links through this plugin. Akismet provides moderators with numerical statistics of approved comments for every user.

    8) Ultimate TinyMCE

    The Ultimate TinyMCE caters to the needs of people who are allergic to the CSSs and HTMLs. It is a visual-oriented plugin that provides over 30 buttons for the visual creation of posts and pages. Users can simply manipulate their font sizes, styles, fonts and colors among others. Ultimate TinyMCE also enables bloggers to post YouTube videos to their blogs by pasting the URL of such videos.

    9) All in One SEO Pack

    The All in One SEO Pack plugin contains numerous features that enhance the optimization of WP blogs for SEO purposes. These characteristics include sophisticated canonical URLs, support for Google analytics, Nonce security, automatic generation of meta tags and SEO integration for e-commerce sites. Also, users can automatically optimize their titles and extend functionality of the blog through in-built APIs.

    10) Google XML Sitemap

    Google XML Sitemaps generate special XML sitemaps to assist search engines in indexing blogs. It works compatibly with WP-generated pages and customized URLs. The plugin sends a notification to the search engines upon the creation of new posts.

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