July 17, 2007
Lately I have told myself I need to get up off my butt and do some work on this blog. I’ve always been a lazy person, and I know that just won’t do. So I’m going to try to work harder.
Well, last night I got all freaked out over search engine optimization. It’s not something I’ve ever focused on a whole lot, even thought I know it’s extremely important.
I’ve been installing a lot of plugins these past couple days, as you might have noticed, so I went ahead and got a plugin that is perfect for my search engine optimization.
That plugin is the All in One SEO Pack. It absolutely perfect. After you have it installed and activated you just go to your WordPress dashboard then go to the Options tab, and then there is a sub-tab for All In One SEO.
It lets you type your home page’s title, your home description, and your home keywords. On the ‘write post’ page when you’re creating a post it lets you select the title for the post page and its keywords. You can set the All In One SEO to rewrite titles and make them more optimized for the search engines, you can select an option to use the category of the post as one of its META keywords, and you can use the category description as a title if you want to.
You can select for the search engines not to be able to index category or archive pages to avoid duplicate content. You can even have this plugin autogenerate descriptions. This is one of the best plugins out there, and if you don’t have it, you need to download it now. Search engine optimization is so important to every serious blogger and webmaster, and I should have been working harder at it sooner. But at least I am now. :)
Oh yes, and I have started tagging all my future posts for Technorati, and I will also go back and tag some of my important ones. If you’re not working on your SEO, now’s the time to start!
July 16, 2007
The AntiSocial plugin is quite the opposite of how the name makes it sound. After the AntiSocial plugin is installed WordPress shows a line of buttons at the bottom of your posts that let the reader submit and save it to popular social websites (ones that you choose to appear!) To see an example, view the bottom of this post.
Readers can click one of the buttons and are taken to submit your post to sites like Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg, Netscape, and any others of your choosing. Well, what’s so great about that? When your post is submitted it will be shown on these sites that have high traffic. On many your post will be voted on and if it gets a lot of votes it can be seen by enormous amounts of people and you could have new loyal readers, or at least a large spike in traffic. This is always a good thing.
If you do not have a plugin installed that lets your readers submit and save your site, what are the chances that they will go out of their way and do it? With this plugin all the little buttons are right there, and it makes it quick, simple, and even appealing for your visitors.
If you’re still wondering why it’s called AntiSocial, when it is in fact quite social, there is a good reason. The AntiSocial plugin is in fact a hacked version of the Sociable plugin, with just one difference. But the difference is major and important. The AntiSocial plugin adds a “nofollow” to all of the buttons in the plugin. When you use Sociable, you’re giving away your link juice and really hurting yourself. When you’re displaying over 10 of the social bookmarking buttons on each post, and you have many posts on a page, it can really add up to how many links you’re giving away. And that damages your Pagerank!
Once you have the AntiSocial plugin installed, you get to pick how it’s going to look on your blog. There are dozens and dozens of social bookmarking sites to display in your line of buttons, but you get to select which ones you want to show up and implement. You also get to choose what order they show up in.
You also get to choose what pages the line of buttons are shown. You can show them below your posts on the homepage (highly recommended!), your individual post pages (also recommended!), WordPress pages, category and archive post pages, and more. I really recommend showing the plugin on the homepage and individual post pages the most.
If you have a blog, chances are you’re missing out if you don’t have a plugin where your content can easily draw in traffic. If you have blogging friends and loyal readers, they will most likely submit your posts and articles to the social bookmarking sites. And when that happens, you get even more traffic! And I don’t know about you, but that’s a really awesome thing in my opinion.
So click here to see the AntiSocial plugin page and download it for your own blog. If you don’t like this plugin as much then also consider the Share This plugin, where your readers can also email your articles. You should have one of these plugins if you want your blog to grow, generate traffic, and reach greater heights.
July 11, 2007
I’ve been meaning to do this for some time now and I finally put off the procrastination. Super Blogging is now a dofollow blog! I have another thing to mark off my list of to-dos after installing this plugin.
What is dofollow?
Basically it is the opposite of nofollow. If links have “rel=nofollow” in them, the link will not be counted by Technorati or Google. Links that are follow and nofollow both look the same, but they are treated differently. The nofollow one doesn’t count, you might say. It won’t improve your rankings and you won’t get PageRank juice from it.
Automatically this blog sets a nofollow command to all the links in the comments. If you’ve left a comment on this blog, and put in your website address, it was automatically set as a nofollow. But not anymore! Read on…
What does installing this plugin have to do with anything?
Now that I have installed the dofollow plugin, the links to your website on the comments you leave will count! The dofollow plugin removes the nofollow command from the links in the comments. Now if you comment on this blog, you will receive a link that is scored with Technorati and Google and improves your rankings.
Why did you install the dofollow plugin?
It is a great way to reward my commentators. Part of running a good blog is having comments. For everyone who comments on this blog, I want to give a little something back. Of course, I want to reward people who leave thoughtful comments valuable to the discussion, not spam. If your comment is not relevant to anything or is just plain spam I promise you it will be deleted.
So if nothing else encourages you to get active in the community, I hope this does! Now if you comment and leave your thoughts on a post or a discussion, you will receive a link back for it. Thank you to all of my commentators! :)
If you want to take a look at the plugin or get it for your own blog, it can be found here.
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July 11, 2007
Yesterday I installed a plugin on this blog which allows me to create a poll (or polls). It’s very easy to use, offers a lot of options, and looks great! The WP-Polls plugin is great for any type of blogger. No matter what your niche, if you have something quick to ask your readers or need some information to improve your blog, this gets it done.
When creating a poll you enter your question and the answers voters can select between. You can also set it so multiple answers can be selected, and up to how many. You can set a start and end date for the poll, or make it so it never expires. You can fully customize how your polls look, between their colors, size, fonts, and how answers and results are sorted. You get to decide who votes and how the voters are logged so they can’t vote over and over and ruin your statistics.
If your WordPress blog allows the use of widgets, then this will be extra easy. You just activate the plugin and then put the widget in your blog where you want it. If your theme isn’t widget ready, then there’s a simple explanation for putting the polls up yourself here.
If you want to have one poll running at a time, that’s fantastic. If you want to have numerous polls that show up randomly, then that’s possible too! All you’ve got to do is select one easy setting and you’re ready to go.
You can also create a poll archive on its own page, where you can list all of your running polls, or the results of all your closed polls. That’s not hard to do at all and you get to choose practically every setting along the way. This plugin let’s YOU be the boss of your blog, and nearly every choice is yours so the poll is exactly the way you want it to be.
Everything you need to know how to do can be explained on the poll plugin page. I like listing pros AND cons, but I don’t really see much of anything wrong with this plugin at all. I believe that this will definitely come in handy for any blogger sooner or later. I will be running multiple polls so I can learn more about my readers and how to please them and make this blog better for everyone. Who doesn’t like voting in a good poll anyway? I think they’re fun. ;)
June 29, 2007
I’ve just installed and activated a new plugin for this blog; it’s called Subscribe to Comments. This is a plugin that lets commentators on Super Blogging check a box before commenting. By checking this box, you will receive future comments on that post by subscription to your email. This helps to you to keep up with discussion on any certain post, or see replies to your comment. It’s very helpful!For example, if you make a comment on a post asking a question, you may want to subscribe to that post so you’ll have the answers come directly to your email inbox. Or if there is an informative post and you want to receive all the discussion, there’s another reason to check the box.
OR, if you have a blog of your own, you may want this very popular plugin. It helps to “foster a community around your blog by encouraging commentators to come back and stay engaged in the dialog”, according to the plugin page. You can even view a list of who has subscribed and to what topics. So download this plugin for your own WordPress blog here!
Let me know what you think. ;)