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The Top 5 Best WordPress Plugins

Wordpress PluginsIn the past few days, we moved from our old blogging platform to WordPress and have been busily uploading plugins that will benefit our blogging experience and help in terms of SEO.

Although we have used WordPress extensively in the past, we haven’t really used plugins to their full advantage. It has been pretty much trial and error and in fact, more often than not we would just upload a plugin because it looked pretty cool.

So prior to moving this blog over to WordPress, I did some extensive research to find out what are the ‘must have’ plugins for WordPress, and as a result of my research, here are the top 5 best WordPress plugins:

1. All-In-One-SEO Pack

This in my opinion is one of the best plugins to improve WordPress SEO. It ensures that your blog posts have better titles, better descriptions and it also helps to reduce problems associated with duplicate content.

Once activated you only need to change the main options once. Then for each individual post, you can change the title tag, description and keywords, although this is not required as the SEO Pack determines what needs to be included in these fields automatically by your original settings.

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2. What Would Seth Godin Do?

Believe it or not, ‘What Would Seth Godin Do? is the name of the plugin. Who is Seth Godin? – He is probably best known as the creator of Squidoo but is also the writer of a number of books and has probably one of the most popular blogs on the internet.

The reason the plugin got it’s name is because of something Seth Godin mentioned on his blog:

One opportunity that’s underused is the idea of using cookies to treat returning visitors differently than newbies. It’s more work at first, but it can offer two experiences to two different sorts of people.

This got Richard Millar working on a WordPress plugin that would do just that…hence the ‘What Would Seth Godin Do’ plugin.

What this plugin does is place a small box of text either at the top or the bottom of each post depending on the number of times a visitor comes to your blog. So for instance, the first three times a visitor comes to your blog they could see one message and then anytime after that they could see a different message.

You can change the message to say whatever you like and you can also add a url.

This is a very cool plug-in and a definite must have.

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3. Subscribe to Comments

If you’ve ever left a comment on a blog you might have seen a small tick box under the comment field that allows you to subscribe to the post. If you ticked this checkbox then you would receive an email notification when further comments are left by other visitors on that particular blog post.

This is a great way to get readers to return to your blog as they follow up on responses left in response to their comments.

To get this option on your blog you will need to download the Subscribe to Comments plugin.

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4. Google Sitemap Generator for WordPress

A sitemap is, in its most basic terms, a map of your site. It lets the search engine robots know how to find pages on your site and this means your pages are more likely to be indexed.

This plugin creates a sitemap for your blog and it also pings the major search engines when you have made changes to your blog.

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5. Share This

This handy plugin allows your visitors to share your posts with some of the top social bookmarking or networking sites.

Once activated, the plugin places a link at the end of each of your posts so that when it is clicked a pop-up is displayed that allows the reader to select the social networking or bookmarking site they want to submit your post to.

You do have to register to get this to work.

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So there you have it – the top 5 WordPress plugins. I have uploaded each to this blog and they are all working perfectly.

If you have any plugin suggestions then please leave a comment.

Are We Crazy?!

There are times in a person’s life when they realize that they need to change direction. Well for us that time is now….we’ve made the decision to finally become serious about Internet Marketing. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve have been doing this for a couple of years now and we do make money from what we do but it’s not always as consistent as we would like. It’s also not in the region of what the super affiliates make.

We want to become serious players and strengthen the backbone of our business. This has been building up for some time now and a few different factors have moved us into this direction:

1. We have previously focused solely on organic search and although we are damn good at it, it is a slow process and neither of us are finding the work enjoyable anymore.

2. We have recently joined the ‘Wealthy Affiliate University’ program. They promote money making techniques that are new and exciting and what I personally find fun to do. Their methods are focused on speedier ways to make money online.

3. We have been reading quite a few different eBooks written by some of the best in the business and we see consistencies amongst them that we would like to duplicate.

All of these combined have pushed us forward to where we are today and that is at the point where we are completely overhauling this blog, and I mean completely overhauling. The only thing that really remains as I write this blog post is the domain name. We have totally deleted all of our blog posts – over 200 of them and numerous articles and reviews of affiliate products. Some might say we are crazy to do it but we need it to be a completely fresh start. Out with the old and in with the new as they say.

So we are taking the advice of the blog mavens out there and we will be developing this blog to provide strong well written articles that over deliver in reader expectation.

We will provide you with information to help you succeed because in doing that we will also succeed.

We will listen to what you want and develop friendships with you as we all try to improve our Internet businesses.

We will teach you what we know without concern that we are giving away something of monetary value for nothing.

And most of all we will provide overall value to make your life as Internet Marketers that much easier.

Remember we have had success doing it the hard way, so now we can all concentrate on succeeding by doing it the easy way.

Join us now in our endeavors to reach Super Affiliate status.

Affiliate Summit 2008 At The Rio – Las Vegas

When we attended the shareasale.com Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas we had the pleasure of meeting up with Affiliate Marketing Guru, James Martell , his lovely wife Arlene, Phil the tech guy and a small contingent of other students.

paula-and-arleneHere is Paula and Arlene at the Summit Registration desk  Arlene has a website devoted to moms with children who suffer from epilepsy.

The site is called EpilepsyMoms.com and is a must visit for anyone who has a child with this condition. Arlene has been through the trauma of having a child with epilepsy so she knows what you are going through and her site is full of information and resources to help any parent in this situation.

The conference was full on as always and the information gained makes this meeting well worth while for anyone in the Affiliate Marketing business.

james-martell-students

Being at the Affiliate Summit and meeting with our fellow students was a lot of fun, usually we communicate through the online bootcamp sessions and the forums that James has put in place to assist us all.

We spent some time talking to the lady from Popshops. Anyone who has an Affiliate Marketing site will find Popshops to be invaluable as a time saving tool that we recommend.

We touched base with a number of Affiliate Networks with a view to getting more good quality, high converting merchants on our sites.

This all equates to $$$’s in the long run so the Summit is the place to be.

If you are looking to monetise your website or blog, it pays to deal with the Affiliate Networks who help to protect your income by making sure you do receive your payments and working with a Network makes it easier to find merchants with products relevant to your site.

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