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How to setup Ad Inserter WordPress Plugin

Advertising, TOOLS, WEBMASTER, WORDPRESS

Ad Inserter is one of the best and simple all in one free wordpress plugin for inserting Ads, Tracking codes in Header and Footer and more. A simple but powerful WordPress plugin that enables you to insert any HTML/Javascript/PHP code in posts or display it as a widget. It is perfect for displaying AdSense or Amazon ads at any position.

Here we’re going to explain how to setup Ad Inserter WordPress PluginSimply enter any ad or HTML/Javascript/PHP code and select where and how you want to display it. It supports up to 16 (or 64 in Pro) code blocks. Code block is any code (for example AdSense ad) that has to be inserted (displayed) at some position. Each code block can be configured to insert code at almost any position supported by WordPress.

Features

  • 16 code blocks (64 code blocks in Pro)
  • Syntax highlighting editor
  • Code preview with visual CSS editor
  • Automatically inserts ads in posts and pages
  • Insert before or after post
  • Insert before or after excerpt
  • Insert before or after content
  • Insert before or after paragraph
  • Insert before or after comments
  • Insert between posts on blog pages
  • Insert between comments
  • Insert at custom hook positions
  • Insert below <body> or above </body> tags
  • Insert custom fields
  • Individual exceptions for posts and pages
  • Support for ads on AMP pages
  • Ad rotation (works also with caching)
  • Manual insertion: widgets, shortcodes, PHP function call
  • Custom block alignments and styles
  • Desktop, tablet and phone server-side device detection
  • Sticky (fixed) positions (ads do not move when the page scrolls, Pro only)
  • Sticky (fixed) widgets (sidebar does not move when the page scrolls)
  • Clearance options to avoid insertion near images or headers
  • Options to disable insertion on Ajax calls, 404 error pages or in feeds
  • Client-side device detection (works with caching, 3 custom viewports, 6 in Pro)
  • Ad impression and click tracking (Pro only)
  • A/B testing (Pro only)
  • Custom CSS class name for wrapping divs to avoid ad blockers
  • PHP code processing
  • Banner code generator
  • Support for header and footer code
  • Support for insertion of Google Analytics, Piwik or any other web analytics code
  • Ad blocking detection – popup message, page redirection
  • Ad blocking detection actions – ad replacement, content protection (Pro only)
  • Ad blocking statistics
  • Black/White-list categories, tags, taxonomies, users, post types, post IDs, urls, url parameters, referers
  • Black/White-list IP addresses or countries (works also with caching, Pro only)
  • Multisite options to limit settings on the sites (Pro only)
  • Simple troubleshooting with many debugging functions
  • Import/Export block or plugin settings (Pro only)
  • Scheduling with fallback option (Pro only)
  • Country-level GEO targeting (Pro only, works also with caching, suport for MaxMind geolocation databases))
  • Visualization of inserted code blocks,
  • Visualization of available positions for automatic insertion
  • Visualization of HTML tags for easier ad placement between paragraphs
  • Clipboard support to easily copy code blocks or settings
  • Support via email (Pro only)

 

Below is a complete description of all the functions of the plugin.

Quick Start

Ad Inserter is completely free! You can install it from WordPress (Plugins / Add New / search for Ad Inserter). And if you need more than 16 code blocks, more than 3 viewports, multisite options, impression and click tracking, ad replacement when ad blocking is detected, country-level GEO targeting, scheduling or export/import of settings, you can upgrade to Ad Inserter Pro.

Check also some common settings. Please make sure you have also read troubleshooting section on the bottom of this page!

Few very important things you need to know in order to insert code and display some ad:

  • Each code block can be renamed. Click on the name to edit it.
  • Use code tools to enter or edit code
  • Enable and use at least one insertion option (Automatic Insertionmanual insertions Widget, Shortcode, PHP function call)
  • Enable insertion on at least one WordPress page type (Posts, Pages, Blog pages, Homepage, Category pages, Search Pages, Archive pages)
  • For Posts and Pages leave default blank selection value (no individual exceptions) unless you really know what are you doing (using individual exceptions)
  • If you don’t see inserted code block turn on debugging functionsLabel blocksShow positions for automatic insertion (Ad Inserter menu item in the WordPress toolbar on the top of every post/page)
  • If you are using AdSense you may get blank (empty) ad blocks.This might be because there is some error in the code (wrong IDs), your AdSense account is not fully approved yet, your website was not accepted or your AdSense account is banned.In most cases once Google approves your account you’ll get ads. You can also try Media net ads as good AdSense alternative for contextual ads.

Ad Inserter menu item in the WordPress admin toolbar on the top of every post/page contains debugging functions that can help you to label inserted blocks and visualize available positions for automatic insertion:

To show a list of all blocks click on the List button in the header row.

Code Editing

Ad Inserter can be configured to insert any code anywhere on the page. Each code with it’s settings is called a code block. Free Ad Inserter supports 16 code blocks, Ad Inserter Pro supports up to 96 code blocks (depending on the license type). The settings page is divided into tabs – 16 code blocks and general plugin settings. Black number means inactive code block (code is not inserted anywhere), red number means block is using automatic insertion, blue number means block is using manual insertion while violet number means block is using automatic and manual insertion.

Check Code Editing for detailed description of code editor, code tools, banner code generator, AdSense codes and ad rotation.

Settings

Each code block has 4 independent insertion options:

  • Automatic Insertion (before/after paragraph in all posts,…)
  • Widget (for widget positions)
  • Shortcode (for manual insertion in posts or pages)
  • PHP function call (to insert code blocks at any position in theme PHP files)

To rename code block click on the block name. To insert code block (and display ad) at some position you need to enable and use at least one insertion option.

Automatic Insertion

Automatic insertion means that the code block will be automatically inserted on all posts or pages according to the block settings. For each code block you can also define individual exceptions to prevent insertions on some posts or pages. There are at least two different ways to exclude posts or pages – check individual exceptions for more.

ad inserter automatic display

  • Disabled (no automatic insertion)
  • Insert Above Header (on all pages, after <body> tag, available when Output buffering is enabled – Generaloptions)
  • Insert Before Post (before post or posts on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Content (before post or page text)
  • Insert Before Paragraph (on posts, pages and blog pages)
  • Insert After Paragraph (on posts, pages and blog pages)
  • Insert After Content (after post or page text)
  • Insert After Post (after post or posts on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Excerpt (on blog pages)
  • Insert After Excerpt (on blog pages)
  • Insert Between Posts (on blog pages)
  • Insert Before Comments (on posts)
  • Insert Between Comments (on posts)
  • Insert After Comments (on posts)
  • Insert in page Footer (on all pages, before </body> tag)

For single posts or pages insertion position Before Post usually means position above the post/page title, for blog pages Before Post position means position above all the posts on the blog page.

For single posts or pages insertion position After Post means position below the post/page after all the content, for blog pages After Post position means position below all the posts on the blog page.

Before and after Excerpt positions are available on blog pages only if your theme uses standard WordPress excerpts. Otherwise you’ll have to modify theme files and use PHP function adinserter in order to insert ads between excerpts.

For more detailed setup click here

Get Ad Inserter Free WordPress Plugin here

Start Your Blog with Bluehost cheap and the best

BLOGGER, WEBMASTER, Website, WORDPRESS

For many, when they think of WordPress, they think “blog.” And while WordPress is one of the world’s largest blogging platforms, WordPress is also a complete content management system and is a great way to build many different types of websites. This article will show you how easy it can be to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.

Choosing a Web Host

There are many hosting companies out there, but for a WordPress site, Bluehost should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list. Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress and has been the number-one recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years. There are many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, but here are just a few:

  • Premium customer service, reliability and usability
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
  • Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
  • Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
  • No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.

And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below. It will speed up the process to think of a domain name you want to use and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.

Set Up Your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Sign Up Now.”

How to Make a WordPress Website step-by-step

WEBSITE, WORDPRESS

WordPress is a number one best and simple web platform for the beginners who want to start a website for personal or business. Creating a website is as simple as creating Facebook nowadays. An easy step-by-step website setup guide written by web developers who have created hundreds of websites and helped thousands of others to create their own website.

A step by step tutorial – we start off with finding the right content management system, choosing a domain name, then the right web hosting service, adding the right themes, plugins and customizing your site’s appearance. By the time you are done with this how to make a WordPress website for beginners guide you’ll have a full fledged website ready to go!

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system (CMS) in simple terms, is a platform of sorts or a mechanism which permits you to create your content and publish it on a website. Let’s say that it is a coat hanger stand with the coat being your content.

It is software that is installed on your host’s server. Your host provider will likely have a one click installation process to help you get your CMS installed. Once it is installed, you can log in to your site as the admin and add photos, text and other content. You can use the content you’ve added to create blog posts and other forms of content like a product page or display a work portfolio on your website.

A CMS is way more than just a means to an end, you can install a theme which is a modified template to suit the specific niche and purpose of your site. With the template added, you can customize the appearance of your site. You can add plugins to add function to your site, for example a social sharing plugin to help spread the word about your site via social networks.

All of this and more can be accomplished with a Content Management System.

Which CMS is best for you?

An overwhelming majority of websites use WordPress. The other two options that lag way behind in comparison to WordPress (certainly in popularity) are Joomla and Drupal.

WordPress

The ideal option for someone who’s creating his or her first website. It has considerable scalability and works well with low and medium traffic websites. We receive 1.5 million views every month and we run WordPress, so that gives you an idea of what medium traffic constitutes if you were wondering. Even large websites such as TIME Magazine, CNN, TED, Techcrunch, NBC and others use WordPress to server millions of pageviews each day.

WordPress has a great number of points that can be made in favor of its use.

  • Easy To Install: Most hosting services have one click installation options for WordPress given the number of people who use it.
  • Strong Community & Open Source: It is free and used by a lot of people. There are a plethora of free themes and plugins that you can leverage for your site. Apart from the freebies, premium themes and plugins are cheap and come with excellent support services from their providers. If you ever have a doubt or a problem a simple Google search can answer your query. If fact, I’ll go so far as to say you’ll find the answer to your doubts answered by the first three results of a Google search. A strong community will aid in your WordPress initiation process should you ever encounter any hiccups. And you can always drop your comments here either Aigars or me will be sure to respond to the at the earliest opportunity.
  • Ideal For Non tech savvy online entrepreneurs: Most of the products associated with WordPress, such as themes and plugins are fairly straightforward and intuitive to use. Installing a Content Management System like WordPress is only the first step of the process, there is much more to website creation beyond that. Like WordPress which is easy to install and configure, the tools that you’ll require to make your website whole are easy to handle.

Two not so quite favorable things about WordPress

  • One drawback of WordPress, it may become unwieldy if your site grows far too large and receives an enormous amount of daily traffic. The cost of your hosting goes up. But we are talking about traffic in the order of millions here and it isn’t something you should let bother you for now.
  • Another potential problem is the quality of free plugins and themes. While most are good and have fairly high security standards, you’d should be wary of unknown third party plugins. WordPress is a secure platform out the box, but adding third party software while exercising poor judgement is a bad idea. That being said security vulnerabilities are generally fixed as soon as they are detected.
  • As you can see WordPress is by far the most popular content management system and is used by 65% CMS powered websites worldwide.The thing you need to know is all CMSs have one drawback or the other. And for a new web admin, WordPress is the best way to go! But I’ll talk about Drupal and Joomla, all the same. You should certainly be aware of them, should you decide to switch your CMS at a later point in time. And it will also tell you why perhaps Joomla and Drupal are not best suited to the needs of beginner.

    Drupal

    Unlike WordPress, Drupal is not too well suited for the technically inept or a first time website developer. Drupal is an open source CMS and is largely utilized by big corporations with vast websites and high traffic loads. It has its own customization possibilities with themes and plugins created to add value to Drupal sites. Drupal websites are a bit faster and little less taxing on the host’s server resources.

    But if you’re new to web development, it isn’t for you. Why? It is more complicated than it needs to be to meet your requirements. It is designed for complex, vast websites with high traffic loads, which your new website will not be to begin with. Given that, there is no need to add to the difficulty of the website creation process unnecessarily.  And besides, you can always switch to Drupal at a later date.

    Joomla

    Open source and free like the previous two platforms. It is a tad better than the other two when it comes to creating a community of users (like a small social network or tight knit community for your readers) and is far more amenable to creating social websites with a lot of interaction and engagement from users. It is easier to handle than Drupal and offers more than WordPress in terms of performance and tweakability.

    And again my reasons are the same for not recommending it for you, unnecessary complication that you do not need.

    WordPress – Probably the best option for you!

    If you are starting off with a new domain name with no traffic so to speak of, you are better off with WordPress. It is exceedingly easy to use, it is free and comes with an enormous number of premium quality free themes and plugins. The cost of hosting is low and many hosts provide for easy one click installation of WordPress. And since a growing percentage of online entrepreneurs do not know how to program in HTML, CSS and PHP, WordPress is the best choice as it offers excellent customizability even to WordPress newbies.

  • Now that you have chosen the best platform for your website you can proceed with the next step.

Before you choose a domain name, you’ll need be sure of the niche you’d like to concentrate on. Selecting a niche area to focus on, is an important task in and of itself. To create a revenue generating website it is critical that you research the target keyword pool and the niche it is derived from. For the time being, just make sure it is something you like and are genuinely passionate about. And ensure that you have reasonable expertise in the subject matter involved.

You can literally register any available (not registered yet) domain name but here is something I recommend:

  • Business website – If you are making a website for your business it would be best to choose a domain name that is your company name or brand. An example domain name would be YourComapanyName.com or YourBrandName.com
  • Personal website – If it is going to be your personal website it would be great to go with com
  • Hobby website – The sky’s the limit 🙂

Most popular domain names extensions (the end part of website address, like .com) are .com, .org, .net, but in recent years a huge amount of new domain extensions have been introduced (Wikipedia). Now you can register crazy domain names such as

YourCompanyName.pizza, YourCompanyName.green, or YourName.ninja.

However, for your first website I recommend to stick with .com, .net and .org. New domain extensions haven’t gone mainstream yet and might confuse your visitors. Even some social networks, services and apps have problems displaying these new domain names that’s why I advice to avoid them, at least for now.

Choosing The Right Domain Name

The next step in our process involves choosing a domain name. A domain name is basically the URL one types into a browser’s address bar to visit a particular website.

Getting the right domain name is crucial. A few things you need to keep in mind while considering domain name choices.

  • Short – Shorter names work better when it comes to remembrance and are easy to type as well.
  • Brandable – Remember your domain also runs to your brand, make sure it isn’t memorable for all the wrong reasons.
  • Memorable – People forget easily, come up with a name that first time visitors to your site are likely to remember.
  • Catchy – You want a domain name that rolls off the tongue and describes what you do.
  • Easy to type.
  • Includes keyword (optional) – Identify the right keywords or combination of keywords. The closer your domain name is to your site’s niche, the better for search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Niche specific (optional) – If you are writing a website about a specific niche check if there are popular abbreviations that you can use. For example, in WordPress there are many highly ranked websites with “wp” as part of their name. WPEngine.com, a managed hosting service for WordPress.

Funny domain name mistakes

Here are some domain names someone have registered without realizing what a huge mistake they have made:

  • Speedofart.com – Speed of Art
  • Choosespain.com – Choose Spain
  • Gotahoe.com – Go Tahoe

Hosting

You really have two options when it comes to hosting provider types recommended for WordPress newbies.

  • Shared Hosting
  • Managed WordPress Hosting

I do not recommend anything other than a shared hosting plan for first time webmasters. All other forms of hosting that you may have heard of like Virtual Private Hosting (requires reasonable technical know how), managed WordPress hosting (too costly) might not be the right choice for your first website. As your knowledge and business grows you might consider VPS or fully managed WordPress hosting but let’s leave that for another post.

Shared hosting is the way to go and later we can talk about upgrading your host. We’ve recommended two shared hosting services and have also added elaborate installation processes for WordPress with both of them. Both hosting providers offers domain registration and website hosting and that’s exactly what we need to create an awesome website.

NameCheap Host

To make WordPress installation process easier we have created a short video that will guide you through installation process.

Click here to visit NameCheap and proceed with your first website setup.

If you had some problems understanding setup process outlined in video you can follow steps below.

  1. Choose the right hosting page. I’d suggest the starter package. It offers plenty of speed, performance, functionality and storage for your first website. You can upgrade your hosting plan as your website grows>
  2. You will be prompted to choose a domain name as you can see in example below. Double check your domain name to avoid typos.
  3. And on the next screens, enter your personal information and credit card details. And complete payment.
  4. In Bluehost cPanel (administration panel), find a button which says Install WordPress
  5. Click on a green Install button to proceed with WordPress installation
  6. Now select if you want to use your website with or without “www.” at front of your website name (www.YourWebsite.com or YourWebsite.com). If you can’t decide you can leave it as is. It can be easily changed afterwards
  7. The details for the WordPress installation like email ID, username and password can be set. And tick all the necessary conditions under a licence agreement.
  8. And install.
  9. Once installation is complete you will see a clear message on top saying “Your Install is Complete!” and button saying “View Credentials”
  10. By clicking on that button you will be sent to a page where you will be able to find your newly installed WordPress login credentials.
  11. Now you can login on your website by clicking link that says YourWebsitName.com/wp-admin.

SiteGround

SiteGroud’s shared hosting plan has a similar, equally easy to use WordPress installation and domain registration process. The site asks you whether you have a domain name or need to register one, in our case since you are creating your first site you need to register a domain.

Following the domain registration you can follow this easy to use this three step tutorial for a guided WordPress installation. It is best to select “Get WordPress Preinstalled in this account” and you will not need to get your hands dirty. You’ll need to set admin email ID, username and password, you’re set!

Now that your domain is registered, hosting paid for and your WordPress installed. What’s next?

WordPress Admin Screens

  • Go to yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin.
  • Type in the username and password you previously entered during the WordPress installation process.

Your WordPress admin menu is available on the left side of the screen. Allowing your cursor to linger over them will open sub menus.

  • Dashboard
  • Posts
  • Media
  • Links
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings

That is a lot of stuff which you deal with. But I’ve promised to get your site up and running. So for the purposes of this post I will not be talking about Settings, Tools, Users or Your Dashboard.

I will talk about the rest of the menu options which are part of your WordPress menu. Let’s get started.

Customizing your site’s Appearance and activating a WordPress Theme

Themes (Appearances > Themes)

    1. Open Appearances > Themes. From here on have a look at the heading of each subsection if you have doubts with regards to accessing a particular part of the WordPress menu from the admin screen.

install-new-wordpress-theme

    1. And click on the “Add New” button on the top. And choose from one of the themes displayed or search for a specific theme. For a list of awesome free themes, you can check out this theme collection.

install-sparkling-theme

    1. Install a new theme that you fancy and activate it.

The next part involves customization of a theme. You can access this under from Appearance > Customize. You can do a number of things to your site’s appearance from here. But that’s not the crux of this post, a theme is sufficient to start a website.

Widgets (Appearances > Widgets)

Widgets are preset modules or pieces of code that add to a certain function which will prove useful for your website in some capacity or the other. Your sidebars, footers and headers can be loaded with widgets.

wordpress-widget-manager

As you can see in the above screenshot, there 6 widgets in the sidebar.  These widgets include a search bar, a recent posts widget, recent comments, archives, categories and meta. Then you can see 4 footer areas where you can add widgets just the same. The number of footer, header and sidebar areas available to you depends on the theme you are using.

Widgets are not plugins, but they are small chunks of code that add a bit of function. Sometimes it may help with navigation, sometimes with social media, you can even use to add HTML to a text widget which will function as coded to do so. So widgets are a very useful tool but you need to learn a bit about them before you can use them to the fullest.

Menus (Appearances > Menu)

Menus are an extremely important for any website. They offer a means to navigate your site and its content. After all, what’s the point in creating captivating content and if your visitor can not find it easily on your site. Bad menus and navigation can lead to a high bounce rate (the number of visitors as a percentage who leave your site after just viewing just one page).

You may have seen websites with menus on the top or the side and even at the bottom. We can do all of this.

You’d like to include pages like “About”, “Blog”, “Contact” and “Our Services” as part of your primary menu. Any page you’d like displayed on your menu can be added. The number of menus and their placement on your site depends on your WordPress theme.

You can add all the stuff that you see on the left to the menu ranging from pages to products as part of your menu. Again what you can include as part of the menu depends on your WordPress theme.

wordpress-menu-manager

A good menu,

  • Is concise and minimal.
  • It is a representation of all your site’s offerings.
  • Very intuitive to use and maneuver around your site.

Keep that in mind and you should be fine.

Background (Appearances > Background)

Many website choose to have plain single color background and I am big fan of that.

The Bigsweb blog has a plain white background and it keeps things simple. But the homepage of the site is pretty awesome with a purple background and our tagline.

Websites that are media heavy, examples would include photography sites or portfolio websites have great backgrounds. If you want your website to send across a powerful visual cue to your audience use a powerful background image. Else you can simply opt for a plain color which is appropriate for any blog that emphasizes readability.

A background should not be confused with a slider image which is basically a constantly changing image that moves across or your screen or changes with fancy animation.

Adding New Plugins (Plugins > Add New)

Plugins are a scripts or pieces of code written to perform a very specific function or set of functions on your website.

A simple example would be social sharing plugin, it helps share your content across different social platforms and helps get the word out that your content is awesome. Similarly, people have developed plugins for search engine optimization, security purposes, creating and maintaining a portfolio of images, to create contact forms, for caching the list is endless.

Adding Pages (Pages > Add New)

Pages on a website help divide your website into a requisite number of pieces to present the different sections of your site’s content. Pages are to themes like widgets are to plugins. With pages you can create specific template styles that can be called on command for different purposes that require the same or similar design. Pages are more than posts and are used for specific purposes on your site. You can create pages specifically to cater to the requirements of a Contact Us Page or perhaps create landing page.

add-new-page-wordpress

And you are greeted by a New Page, which you can now fill up. From this new screen, you can create a new page and assign page attributes.

If you either need to create a template that you’re likely to use often or need to recreate a section of your site for a specific purpose, creating a page is the way to go.

Comments (Access from WordPress menu)

Websites need readers to make them successful. Comments are a very powerful means to establish a great debate on your site and this only further adds value to your site. Hardly, one percent of the traffic that visits your site will ever comment. And that is assuming that the content is great to begin with. Driving interaction with passive readers on your site is difficult and takes time and effort.

A great post with a pre-existing comment history helps your site receive more comments. Aigars wrote an awesome post on BigsWeb a while back, yet till this day it still keeps receiving comments and continues to be a great source of traffic.

And remember, WordPress allows you to link your site when you comment on another person’s blog. And this may send visitors your way, if you play your cards right and make genuine attempts to offer something constructive. For this same reason, many people will leave their comments on your blog as well.

If I feel your content is great and a particular post that you’ve written is awesome, then I’ll almost jump at the chance to leave my comment first and best anyone else to first comment. Because I know eventually it will lead a few visitors back to my site.

Comments are a great way to build an awesome readership and a loyal following for your site.

Adding Content

Content is king may be a cliched line. But it is true now more so than ever before. There are many more websites now than there ever were before. You name a niche, any niche and it is bound to be saturated to the hilt with websites producing content about said niche. WordPress is a very profitable niche. Why? 50% of websites use it and many of them are new to WP. WordPress newbies and even intermediate level users require a few resources to help them get started up and make changes to their WordPress sites, not too dissimilar to the content on BigsWeb 😉 But a website like BigsWeb works well and generates revenue only when we offer value to our readers.

We publish a great number of articles on premium WordPress themes and should you choose to buy one of them after clicking on our links we receive a small commission on your purchase. But truth be told, our most popular and widely read articles aren’t the ones that describe premium WordPress themes or plugins, rather they are WordPress tutorials and posts dedicated to free themes, plugins and other WordPress related articles. Because it is only when we offer value to readers that our site grows.

So based on your site’s niche and your expertise,  you need to produce content that genuinely offers value to would be readers. If you intend to create your site purely for monetary purposes, it will not be successful in the long run. No wait a minute, it may still be profitable but certainly not as successful as it could have been had you tried to genuinely help your audiences.So focus on good content.

Pick your niche and offer great value to your readers. And watch your traffic grow steadily and if you are lucky, perhaps even go through the roof!

So how do you publish your content on WordPress? What are the formats available to you apart from just plain ol’ text?

Posts (Posts > Add New)

The beating heart of your site or most sites anyway. At the end of this tutorial when all’s said and done, you’ll be here to populate your site with posts. WordPress has a very easy to use posting mechanism and this one of the reasons, it is so popular.

You have two ways in which you can write your posts: one is the visual editor and the other is HTML editor. You can opt to use the visual editor to begin with, but you should know the HTML editor (referred to as text editor) is a very powerful tool to help you create the right formatting for your posts. The sooner you are comfortable with the text editor, the better of you will be. You may notice I am using the visual editor and truth be told, once I’ve added all the necessary formatting I prefer the visual editor.

add-blog-post-to-wordpress

The visual editor is very much similar to most text editors and permits you to add bold / italic effects to your text, change its font, add bulleted lists and numbered lists, align content differently and add hyperlinks. There is also a distraction free writing mode which gives you a fullscreen version of the editor.

Categories (Posts > Categories)

Categories are a means to divide your content. Categories are a big more important when your site publishes content on a number of issues. You can add categories from your Post editor or you can access it under Posts > Categories.

Now you can name the category to create one and then you can add a slug which is basically a URL add on of sorts for all your site’s posts on that specific category. For example, if I know that BigsWeb produces a lot of theme collection content, I can Google search BigsWeb + collections and the first search result link is – https://BigsWeb.com/wp/category/collections/ . With this I can view only the posts that have been published under the category, “Collections”.

So it is a very effective way to divide your site’s content and make finding stuff on your site much easier for a visitor.

Tags (Posts > Tags)

Tags are very similar to categories, except each post generally has its own set of tags. Tags are a tad more specific than categories but that apart they are the same and they aid in helping visitors find your content more easily.

Media (Media >Add New)

Media as in photos and videos are important to normal websites. They are even more so for media heavy websites. Adding media is easy with WordPress. You can either add media from Posts or you can add media directly to the media library.

You can add the image title, a caption, description to the image. But it is also important you also add the alt text which helps search engines identify your image. It is a small step in ensuring good search engine optimization.

There a lot of effects and stuff you can do to your imagery like make it pop up or use a lightbox with WordPress plugins. But that’s for another day.

Your Profile

Setting up your WordPress profile. This is rather easy to deal with. You can edit your profile from the “Edit Your Profile” on your WordPress admin screen on the top right hand corner. You can describe yourself and add the necessary social media links as well.

And to add a profile picture for your WordPress ID, you’ll need to get a Gravatar account. You’ll need an account from WordPress.com with which you can login to your site’s admin panel.

Just Start!

We have far too many inhibitions, starting stuff is one of them. It opens the door to failure.

Creating the website and generating revenue is no joke. It is hard work, sometimes seemingly unrewarding work.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be launching our “Getting Started With WordPress” post series to help you out.

And apart from that if you need anything else, do let us know in the comments below! Aigars and I will always be happy to help you out 🙂

How to create Child Theme in WP

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It is a must to have a Child Theme for our all customized website themes. When we’re doing customization to our theme’s it is a best practice to do in the child theme why because if you are editing the CSS or PHP files directly in the original theme all your changes will be wiped when you update the theme. So the changes in your child theme untouched by the new updates thus save your precious time and effort make peace of mind.

So in this tutorial I am going to explain by step by step how to create child theme in very simple method.

1. The first thing we need to do is create a new folder in our themes directory to hold the child theme. You can do with using cPanel or via FTP. The themes directory is wp-content/themes.

It’s important to name the folder without any space in the name, and it’s common practive to use the name of the parent theme folder with “-child” added on the end.

So for this example, we’ll be calling our folder “twentythirteen-child”.

 child-theme-folder

2. In the child theme folder, create a file called style.css. This is the only file required to make a child theme.

The style sheet must start with the following lines:

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/*
Theme Name: Twenty Thirteen Child
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/themes/twentythirteen
Description: Twenty Thirteen Child Theme
Author: WPMU
Author URI: http://wpmu.com
Template: twentythirteen
Version: 1.0.0
*/
@import url("../twentythirteen/style.css");
/* =Theme customization starts here
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

You can change each of the lines to suit your theme, but you must keep Theme Name and Template lines as well as the @import section. The template is the folder name of the parent theme, in this case twentythirteen.

3. Now we need to activate the child theme. Login to your WordPress site and go to Appearances > Themes. Find your child theme in the list of available themes and click “Activate”.

4. Your child theme should now be the active theme.

child-theme

Modifying Your Theme’s CSS

Our child theme works a treat and looks just like the parent theme because we’ve imported its CSS file.

If you want to modify the theme’s CSS, you can add any changes to the child theme’s CSS file below the @import line. All new CSS information is applied to your site after the original theme’s CSS is loaded, overwriting it.

Say we want to change the text in our theme so it is bubblegum pink. All we need to do is add a line to the child theme’s CSS file:

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/*
Theme Name: Twenty Thirteen Child
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/themes/twentythirteen
Description: Twenty Thirteen Child Theme
Author: WPMU
Author URI: http://wpmu.com
Template: twentythirteen
Version: 1.0.0
*/
@import url("../twentythirteen/style.css");
/* =Theme customization starts here
-------------------------------------------------------------- */

p { color: #FFDFDD;}

This change to the child theme’s CSS overwrites the original CSS for the parent theme.

Now our site looks like this:

twenty-thirteen

Editing the functions.php File

The functions.php file is where a theme’s main functions are usually kept. If you need to add custom functions to your theme, you can do so by creating a new functions.php file within your child theme folder.

Unlike style.css, the functions.php file in a child theme does not override its counterpart from the parent. Instead, it is loaded in addition to – and right before – the parent theme’s functions.php.

You child theme’s functions.php file should start with a php opening tag and end with a php closing tag. You can add your functions in between.

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<?php

// Stick your php code in here

?>

Editing Other Theme Files

Unlike the functions.php file, the functions for your theme’s other PHP files aren’t imported automatically. Other PHP files are edited by replacing the file with a copy. The theme’s original file is then ignored and the new one is used instead.

For example, if you’re planning to make changes to Twenty Thirteen’s 404.php file, you would need to first make a copy of the old file and paste it into the child theme.

Once the file has been copied into the child theme, you can make any changes you like, safe in the knowledge you can revert back to the parent theme any time you want.

Best Hosting Provider – Namecheap

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We have been using Namecheap for the last six year for our domain registration, and have found their user interface and range of services to be by far the best we have seen. We have recently looked into their web hosting services with surprising results. They are actually pretty good. Before we get onto the review, there are a few things we wanted to tell you about Namecheap. They have been around for around 16 years (since 2000). They claim to have nearly 1 million users, managing over 3 million domain names, and have repeatedly won awards and surveys for their domain registration services. Not only that, they are one of the cheapest around too. What’s more, you can easily pick up a Namecheap Coupon to bring the cost down even further.

Namecheap Hosting Plans

Namecheap offers three main shared hosting plans; Value, Professional and Ultimate.

Value Shared Hosting

Their value hosting has the following main specifications:

  • 25 GB disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
  • FREE email hosting

Professional Shared Hosting

  • 100 GB disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 26 hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
  • FREE email hosting

Ultimate Shared Hosting

  • Unlimited disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
  • FREE email hosting

All the different hosting plans use the same hardware, so feel free to start off with the Value plan and upgrade as and when required. For most people with just a couple of sites, the Value plan should more than suffice.

Shared Hosting Features

Namecheap comes with all the main features that you might expect from a good quality web hosting provider.

cPanel Hosting

When looking for a host, having cPanel is one of our must haves. Not only is it an easy to use interface, but many hosts offer free cPanel to cPanel transfers for your site. This makes moving from one host to another super easy. Some hosting providers use their own interface to make it more difficult for you to move, and in some cases (GoDaddy) this has proven extremely successful. The wiser among us however, will always choose a host that uses cPanel.

Softaculous

This is another somewhat standard feature among web hosts these days, but then you will be surprised that a few hosts still don’t use it. It makes installing websites such as WordPress super easy, as well as over a 100 other popular applications. Highly recommended.

Reliable Servers

Now, every host you talk to will boast of high uptimes, and the latest technology hardware. For many this is just bluster, because if you dig a little deeper there are many places that will indicate whether hosts are having problems. Many of the cheaper hosts for example, will oversell their servers and will be subject to many micro-downtimes that can actually be extremely annoying. We are pleased to report though, that Namecheap has an incredibly good reputation in this regard, so you can be sure that their typical server (8 x Xeon CPUs, 24GB DDR3 ECC RAM and WD RAID 10 HDDs) is reliable. One of the reasons for their incredibly uptime is also their Cloud Technology (see below).

Cloud Technology

Like all good hosts, they use a customized version of software such as Linux to increase stability and add other functionality. In Namecheap’s case, they use a custom version of the Cloud Linux operating system, which reduces costs associated with cloud hosting as well as providing an optimized performance and uptime. Awesome.

Great Support

Now we have to be a bit honest here. Our experience with the speed of their support is not as good as other hosts, but the quality of the support when the ticket is responded to is pretty good. If you have a small simple query we highly recommend using their livechat, as this will significantly speed up the resolution of any issues.

Conclusion

Whilst we think there are some more innovative, and better hosting providers out there, we actually think Namecheap is a pretty good host, and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality hosting provider.

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10 Tips to increase your Facebook Fans

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10 Tips to build your Facebook FansFacebook is one of the most powerful tools for all online marketers since it enables us to promote products and services by using highly targeted campaigns with relatively low cost. Either you are using ad campaigns or viral techniques, one of the main targets is to Increase your Facebook Fans of your pages.

In this article, we will provide 10 fast, ‘simple’ and creative ways to increase Facebook Fans and we will describe the first steps that one should take to creatively build a genuine fan base of truly engaged fans.

Firstly, we must consider why a Facebook Fan ‘likes’ a page. Except of ‘just for fun’, there can be an array of more or less obvious reasons like getting exclusive content or education, show support to friends, get coupons or special promos and discounts. Taking into account all these reasons we list the 10 following ‘miraculous’ ways:

1. Use applications

Free or paid, applications are the online marketing tools that will enhance your online Facebook Strategy. Either you create a coupon, an online streaming or contest application; the opportunities for Marketers are many and need to be investigated. There are literally thousands of applications that can help you improve your visibility. A great place to look is the website AppBistro.com.

2. Invite your email contacts-subscribers like your page

Just click ‘Build Audience’ and then ‘Invite friends’ in the Admin Panel of your Facebook Page. Each admin can immediately invite friends and instantly be supported by Facebook contacts. In the past it was also possible for simple users to invite their friends, but this functionality was disabled to fight spam and of course increase FB’s advertising revenues.

3. Organize campaigns

Creative posts around industry related subjects for a specific time period can be a dynamic way to attract new audience.

4.  Offer valuable quality content

Avoid auto-posting and emphasize mainly on personal creative inspired messages of added-value: tips, photos, videos etc.

5. Run a contest

As we discussed in a previous article, social media contests are a great way to gain visibility in social media channels and increase audience. Often organizing them involves lower costs than using paid ads.

6.  Facebook ads

This tool is similar to Adwords bidding vehicle nevertheless it allows you to serve much more targeted banners depending on the interests of the user. Thus it is worth to explore and invest on it as an advertising tool. Don’t forget though that Facebook is an image-driven network and thus the pictures that you will use on your campaigns will significantly affect your Click Through Rate.

7. Link to Twitter


Twitter and Facebook posts can be linked by using various applications. Connecting the two channels is usually a good move nevertheless you should not ignore your initial Twitter strategy and practice.

10 Tips to build your Facebook Fans likes8. Provide exclusive content for fans only

Providing exclusive content to the people that liked your page can help you increase your fan base. Coupons, exclusive offers, content for fans, special events, previews, and trials can become great incentives for your users.

9. Invite fans to tag your page like they tag on an image

As already discussed, Facebook is image-based and thus tagging your page on images related to your product/service is a clever way to increase your publicity.

10.  Add a large button linking from your website

As we mentioned several times in the past, adding social media buttons on strategic places on your website and blog is a basic but extremely effective way to enhance your target audience and convert your visitor into a follower/fan.

Following the above tips can help your increase your fan base, nevertheless one should not forget that listening to the feedback and comments of your users is an important and essential task:

True Engagement, personal immediate interaction and feedback are important in order to show and prove that YOU CARE.

Tips for Google Adwords PPC campaign

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Tips for Google Adwords PPC campaign

Google Adwords PPC campaign is very successful if you concentrate on some tips like Decision making and Planning.

Decision making

Identify the audiences, the goals considering the available budget and define what conversion means to your campaign:

  • Brand awareness
  • Sales
  • Registration
  • Just to inform

Planning



Adwords is a marketing tool which can be successful when used as a part of a general strategy and not as a stand alone action. A careful planning can help you avoid a full-size failure in the competitive environment of the search market. Adwords platform provides options to plan when, where, how as well as  the ad spend of your campaign.

Building the campaign

Build a theme based structure with separated ad groups for different categories of products. Separate ad groups, to enclose clear messages, describing what you are offering. Link your ads to a customized landing page containing relevant information  with a user friendly structure in order to interact.

Endorse your values in a clear message including all the information a user needs to respond to the call to action.

Users are always seeking answers to questions like:

  • What does the website offers?
  • Why should I click here?
  • Which are the benefits for me?

 Promoting the message



The path a message follows to reach the right audience using Google Adwords,  starts with a carefully selected and fine-tuned keyword list.

Write down  keyword lists with specified theme, use related phrases, synonyms, misspellings etc.
Tips:

  1. Use different keyword matching      options
  2. Define negative keywords to      filter the traffic and reduce the campaign cost
  3. Enable product extensions
  4. Enable various devices targeting
  5. Target both search and content network

 Action

Let`s say the message has reached the audience. Now the action begins.

During this stage you need to forget the term “audience” and focus to the client. The user’s experience in online business is a high priority. Pay attention to the landing page. The design should emphasise to user’s experience as a matter of usability and easy navigation that will drive to conversions and not a good impression for the design aesthetics

Customers are seeking profitable solutions to their needs, fast simple and easy. So all you have to do when a user is clicking on your ad is to make the conversion process as easy as possible.

Tips for Success

  • Use customized landing pages with easy navigation
  • Remove possible obstacles (i.e. too many clicks or too many forms to complete)
  • Make the user feel safe to interact
  • Just make it simple

Ongoing adjustments

  • Frequently monitor the campaign performance and adjust the bidding settings.
  • Eliminate the keywords that do not perform.
  • Try alternative ad text and/or different call to action.
  • Experiment with the landing page and monitor the performance using different layouts

Tips for Make Money with Blog Advertising

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 Increase Your Blog Advertising Success and Income

There is more to making money from your blog and to blog advertising success than publishing a few Google AdSense ads and calling it a day. Blog advertising success actually takes time, testing, and effort to find the right recipe that works for your blog audience and generates the highest income for you. Use the 10 tricks below to set up your blog so it can make the most money possible through advertising. Read more

WordPress – Why should you use?

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So what is WordPress and why is it raved about so much? We listed good reasons why you should be using it for your business or personal  website. AS the description on the main wordpress.org site says, WordPress is simply web software that creates beautiful websites or blogs. It started in 2003 and is now the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, and is used on over 60 million sites that are seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is an Open Source project which means nobody ‘owns’ it. You are FREE to use it for anything, from your dog’s home page to a FTSE 100 web site without paying anyone a license fee.

You may hear about WordPress.com and WordPress.org  for which there are differences:

  • WordPress.com is hosted for free, but comes with limited functionality (you have to pay to upgrade to use this added functionality).
  • WordPress.org can either be hosted by yourself or if you don’t know how to do that, then a web designer will arrange your hosting (most likely all you’d pay is the cost of the domain name which is often $10 a year). This is the better choice as all the functionality of WordPress is available. The code can easily be ‘hacked’ and any adaptations easily made (see point 5 below).

With WordPress you can build a blog, a website, or both together as one.  It lets you create both pages and posts for your site and use the benefits that come with both.

WordPress is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that can be used for more than just blogging. It can store all your images, files, documents, links and easily retrieve and use them as you see fit.

It is designed and suited to publishing and changing content easily. You don’t have to have working knowledge of html or css to create a great looking site.

Using the functionality of WordPress (such as widgets, plugins, and themes) requires no code experience or expertise, as anything can be added, removed, and rearranged within the WordPress Administration panel.

So rather than having to rely and pay someone to update it for you, you can log on an have full access to do whatever you want – amend spelling mistakes, add and delete pages or posts, change the look and feel of your site. You name it, there will be a way to do it, and all within your control.

There are thousands of widgetsplugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine:

  • free design themes to give your site a completely different look at the click of a button
  • the ability to extend your website with logos, polls, newsletter sign-ups, contact forms, ratings or hundreds of other cool features
  • eCommerce shopping cart plugins can list products, services and digital downloads and take any means of electronic payment.

All tools are available without having to hire a web developer to install or set up and configure them.

There are hundreds of people all over the world working on WordPress to continually update and improve the way it works and what it offers.  The wordpress.org/support site is fantastic and features extensive forums as well as documentation on anything you can think of to do with WordPress.

There are also thousands of other support sites, blogs, forums, Twitter feeds, newsletters, videos, podcasts and more all focusing on top tips and tricks to get the most out of WordPress. Any help you need is literally just a Google search away!

You can of course makes an amazing site, but this is pointless unless it can be found easily through the many different search engines available. Luckily WordPress provides many excellent seo benefits and most are completely free. This includes guiding search engine crawlers through posts, pages, and categories, the ability to create permalinks, plus blogrolling, and pinging. There are also a large number of third party plugins and hacks which can be used for search engine optimization (SEO).

It really is. You shouldn’t be asking yourself  ‘why should I use WordPress’  for my site but really  ‘why shouldn’t I be using WordPress’!

I use it daily to create websites for friends, colleagues and customers, for both personal and business use.

All sites that I have created in WordPress have been perfect for their owners and have really impressed.

Know About – What is WordPress?

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WordPress is a self hosted blogging tool in the world. It provides you dashboard which helps you in uploading your contents or posts onto the webpage. Here, you will be provided by thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes accordance to your preferences. It is an easy way to set up your own blog. But thanks to the efforts of a large “open source”. The wordpress designs are based on the “themes”. Their are several kinds of themes available in the market which you can use according to your thoughts and imagination.

Most of the times people wanted to build there own blogs but they don’t know that how to build and from where to build there blogs.

Most of the people are not aware from wordpress.

What is wordpress?

Blogs and blog hostingplatforms abound on the internet. If you’re looking to start a basic blog with minimal features, you have your pick of several blog services. However, if you want to take blogging seriously, you’ll end up importing your entire blog to WordPress in the long run. It may be easier to just start with the service

While WordPress.org is a completely free posting service, its companion site, WordPress.com, is a blog hosting site. You still have the option of posting for free, yet you will more than likely want to upgrade or get a premium theme to take advantage of every feature WordPress has to offer. For years, every one of WordPress’s competitors has raised their standards to meet the services that this blog platform offers.

With WordPress and other blogs, you can amuse, inform, promote or rant to your heart’s content with ease. Whether you’re an experienced blogger or new to this electronic expression of your thoughts, you’ll find every feature you’d ever need from traffic tracking, widget addition and even spell check. As it has been for the past few years, WordPress still deserves the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for the best blog sites.

Design Tools

While WordPress is designed to be simple enough for non-coders, it does allow you to customize templates. There are many open source templates out there for you to choose from, or if you like (and you have knowledge of CSS), you can alter your own to fit your needs. If you’d prefer to stick to standard WordPress templates, you still have hundreds to choose from, so you won’t be limited in designing your blog. You can customize the templates with your own header image, font color, sidebar widgets, plugins and more. Once again, if you are new to blogging, you can go with a standard setup in your chosen theme and it will look great. WordPress leaves it up to your experience when it comes to appearance and customization.The posting box is easy to operate and can be used in either text or HTML mode. The standard text box operates a lot like a word processor with similar controls. For instance, there are buttons and fields that allow you to change fonts, increase font size, bold text, change text colors and perform many other standard formatting options. The WordPress posting box also has a spell check and a preview. You can easily add links, videos and images to each post. While it may be a non-issue, the images do need to be in .jpg format.

The HTML-based posting box is for people who both know HTML and prefer more exact control over their content. The WordPress apps fully support embedding video, podcast and music players in your blog by simply copying the embed code into the HTML viewing pane.

Another benefit of using WordPress is the wide variety of plugins and widgets that you can use on your blog. WordPress is very popular, so many people have created additional plugins to increase functionality. These widgets and plug-ins can be whatever you want them to be. You can add an archive list, add a list of your top posts on the sidebar and even show recent comments on the blog.

As you can see, WordPress does a good job of catering to people that need simplicity as well as those that prefer advanced options and functionality.

Feature Management

The problem with many blog sites is that they place ads on your blog posts to justify the fact that they’re providing a free service. WordPress allows you to place ads on your own site, but the only person benefiting would be you. You can run banner ads, Google ads or affiliate links in as many widgets as you like. For the clutter-free approach, you also have the option to leave the ads off entirely.

A feature we love about WordPress is the ability to moderate comments. You can choose to turn the comments off. However, if feedback is important to you, there are discussion settings available to allow you to see and approve every comment before it’s officially uploaded. We chose to let comments automatically be approved if the commenter was previously approved. These discussion settings give you a clear view of the spam that would overtake your comments section if you didn’t have strict settings.

Once you’ve posted a video or image into your blog, your media library will carry that file forever. This will help you if you reuse certain images or need to look for family pictures, such as if you run a “mommy blog.”

Promotion

WordPress.com sends your blog information to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, and it allows readers to subscribe to RSS or Atom feeds. We found our sample blog on Google within a day.One of the most incredible features of WordPress is the quality of traffic stats available; especially considering it’s a free service. It keeps track of views for individual posts, both daily and all-time views, and overall page view numbers for your entire blog by day, week and month. There is also a list of the top referring sites, the top keywords that brought people to your blog and the links that people clicked on while visiting your blog. The average user looking to create a personal blog will probably only be concerned with how many people visit, but if you want to create a following or report on a particular industry, the other stats will prove quite useful in monitoring growth and finding out how people have found your blog.

WordPress has the edge over many blogging sites by allowing you to incorporate your website name without including the awkward “.wordpress.com” after. Owning your own site name does require you to pay services like bluehost.com or godaddy.com, but you can hardly find a better site creator than a simple WordPress template.

Help & Support

While you may never need to refer to any support channel while using a WordPress theme, the fact that there are several resources out there is good insurance. The help section directs you to a knowledgebase where you will deal with the majority of your problems, the dashboard. There are also expansive community forums, where there’s a good chance that others have run into the same problems as you.

You’ll also find troubleshooting tips and FAQs. If there’s one problem with WordPress, it’s that there are so many customization options that you may get overwhelmed. We found that the FAQs and the WordPress advice blog cleared up common problems.

Summary

If you want to eventually make money just by writing a personal or business blog, WordPress is the best place to start. They offer free blog hosting, but you will quickly be tempted into spending a few dollars more to get a premium theme or to host your own site using the WordPress dashboard. We highly recommend this blog service to new and experienced bloggers looking to maximize and capitalize on their site traffic.

PROS / The dashboard and design tools are crisp-looking and top of the line.

CONS / You will most likely want to buy a premium theme or host your own site, making the experience no longer free.

 VERDICT / WordPress provides hundreds of widgets and plug-ins but keeps the experience easy enough to run a professional-looking blog.

This wordpress tool can be used by your web browser, iphone and android also.

So try it today and enjoy!!
Hurry up..

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Tricks to Use Keywords in Your Blog Posts

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One of the biggest sources of traffic to your blog will be search engines, particularly Google.  You can boost the traffic that comes to your blogs from search engines by implementing search engine optimization (SEO) tricks into your blog layout and writing.  You can get started by doing some keyword research and determining which keywords are likely to drive the most traffic to your blog.  Then focus on incorporating those keywords into your blog posts using the tricks below.

1. Use keywords in your blog post title.

One of the best ways to incorporate keywords into your blog posts is to use them in your blog post titles.  However, don’t sacrifice a title’s ability to motivate people to click through and read your entire blog post.  Learn Tips for Great Blog Post Titles.

2. Focus on using just one or two keyword phrases in each blog post.

To maximize the traffic that comes to your blog via search engines, focus on optimization each of your blog posts for just one or two keyword phrases.  Too many keyword phrases dilutes the content of your post for readers and can look like spam to both readers and search engines.  You can learn more about using specific keywords to maximize search traffic by reading about long tail search engine optimization.

3. Use keywords throughout your blog posts.

Try to use your keywords (without keyword stuffing) multiple times in your blog post.  For best results, use your keywords within the first 200 characters of your blog post, several times throughout your post, and near the end of the post.  Take some time to learn more about keyword stuffing and other search engine optimization don’ts.

4. Use keywords in and around links in your blog post.

Search engine optimization experts believe that search engines like Google place more weight on linked text than unlinked text when ranking search engine results.  Therefore, it’s a good idea to include your keywords in or next to the links within your blog posts when it’s relevant to do so.  Be sure to read about how many links are too many for SEO before you start adding links to your posts.

5. Use keywords in image Alt-tags.

When you upload an image to your blog to use in your blog post, you usually have the option of adding alternate text for that image which appears if a visitor cannot load your images in their Web browsers.  However, this alternate text, can also help your search engine optimization efforts.  That’s because the alternate text appears within the HTML of your blog post content as something called an Alt-tag.  Google and other search engines crawl that tag and use it in providing results for keyword searches.  Take the time to add keywords that are relevant to the image and post in the Alt-tag for each image you upload and publish on your blog.

Know About – What is Blog Post

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Introduction to a Blog Post:

A blog post is the most important part of your blog. Your posts are the entries that take up at least 75% of the screen space on your blog’s site. Blog posts appear in reverse chronological order, so your blog stays timely, fresh and meaningful to visitors. It’s your current content (in the form of blog posts) that will keep readers coming back to your blog again and again to read what you have to say about your blog’s topic.

The Blog Post Title:

The title of your post is basically a headline. It is meant to lure readers in and entice them to read more. At the same time, blog titles are a useful tool in terms of search engine optimization. Search engines value titles strongly in ranking results and using popular keywords in your blog titles can help drive traffic to your blog. Just be careful to use keywords that are relevant to your blog post’s content else your title could be considered spam by search engines and negatively affect the traffic sent to your blog.

Blog Post Publication Date:

Since blogs are most successful when they are updated frequently and provide timely content, readers will check the publication dates of your posts to determine the value of your blog. Blog posts that are published erratically with long gaps of time between posts are typically considered to be less valuable than blogs that offer more current and consistent posts.

Blog Post Author Byline:

The blog post’s author byline is important to identify who wrote each post and is particularly important for blogs that are written by multiple authors. Furthermore, the author byline typically provides a link to your About Me page, which provides additional promotion for you and your blog.

Images in Blog Posts:

Images provide more than just color and visual relief from text heavy web pages on a blog. They also act as another way you can drive traffic to your blog. Many people perform keyword searches through search engines for the purpose of finding images and pictures online. By strategically naming the images you use in your blog posts to match relevant keyword searches, you can drive some of that image search traffic to your blog. Just make sure the images you use enhance your blog rather than detract from your blog and confuse your readers.

Links and Trackbacks in Blog Posts:

Most blog posts include links within the content of the post. Those links are used for two purposes. First, links are used to cite an original source of information or an idea used in a blog post or to provide additional information beyond the scope of your post. Second, they provide a breadcrumb trail and a tap on the shoulder to bloggers whose posts you are linking to in the form of a trackback. A trackback generates a link on the blog you’re linking to in your post, which acts as an additional source of traffic to your blog as readers on that blog are likely to click on the trackback link and find your blog.

Blog Post Comment Section:

Aside from your blog post content, blog comments are the most important part of your blog. Comments are where your readers have an opportunity to join the conversation. It’s essential to the success of your blog that you respond to the comments left by your readers to show you value them and to further build the two-way conversation on your blog and the sense of community your blog creates.

 

Tips for Great Blog Post Titles

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Writing blog post titles that get attention and traffic is a unique form of writing, because you write blog post titles for multiple reasons. First, you want people to be intrigued enough to feel compelled to read the actual blog post. Second, you don’t want to trick anyone by writing a title that is irrelevant to your blog post content. Third, you want your blog post to help drive search engine traffic, so you need to focus on keywords when you come up with your blog post titles. That’s a hefty list, but you can meet all three goals when you write blog post titles following the steps below.

 

1. Pique Curiousity and Get Attention

Your blog post titles should be interesting. They should intrigue readers enough to make them want to click on the link to your post and keep reading it. That’s not to say that straightforward titles aren’t effective. They are! However, you need to have a mix of creative and intuitive post titles to get the best of both worlds.

2. Avoid Bait and Switch

You don’t want to be accused of tricking people into reading your blog post based on the title and then have them be disappointed in the actual content they find within the post. That can do more harm to your blog than good. If you bait them in your blog post title, you need to be sure that you deliver the content they’re looking for within your post content.

3. Consider Search Engine Optimization

Writing blog post titles to maximize keywords and search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to boost your blog’s incoming traffic from Google and other search engines. If you can marry a creative headline with a search engine optimized headline, then you’ve hit the jackpot! Just remember not to stuff irrelevant keywords into your blog post titles!

 

Know About – What is a Blog?

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Blog Definition:

A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity. Blogs are created using specific publishing software.

Variations of the term blog:

  • Blogging: The act of writing a post for a blog
  • Blogger: A person who writes content for a blog
  • Blogosphere: The online community of blogs and bloggers

The World Before Blogging:



There was a time when the Internet was just an informational tool. In the early life of the World Wide Web some 20 years ago, websites were simple and provided a one-sided conversation. As time went on, the Internet became more interactive with the introduction of transaction-based websites and online shopping, but the online world remained one-sided.

That all changed with the evolution of Web 2.0 (the social web) wherein user-generated content became an integral part of the online world. Today, users expect websites to provide a two-way conversation and web logs (or blogs) were born.

The Birth of Blogs:

The earliest blogs started in the late 1990s as online diaries. Individuals posted information on a daily basis about their lives and opinions. The daily posts were listed in reverse date order, so readers viewed the most recent post first and scrolled through previous posts. The format provided an ongoing inner monologue from the writer.

As blogs evolved, interactive features were added to create a two-way conversation. Readers took advantage of features that allowed them to leave comments on blog posts or link to posts on other blogs and websites to further the dialogue.

Blogs Today:

As the Internet has become more social, blogs have gained in popularity. Today, there are over 100 million blogs with more entering the blogosphere everyday. Blogs have become more than online diaries. In fact, blogging has become an important part of the online and offline worlds with popular Bloggers impacting the worlds of Politics, Business and society with their words.

The Future of Blogs:

It seems inevitable that blogging will become even more powerful in the future with more people and businesses recognizing the power of bloggers as online influencers. Anyone can start a blog thanks to the simple (and often free) tools readily available online. The question will likely become not, “Why should I start a blog?” but rather, “Why shouldn’t I start a blog?”

30+ Essential WordPress Plugins

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WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).

There are tons of WordPress plugins out there. Some of them can be really helpful, while others are just a waste of disk space. Let’s take a look at 32 really useful WordPress plugins and why you should use them.

1. Google XML Sitemaps

2. All in One SEO Pack

3. WordPress Database Backup

4. Contact Form 7

5. Google Analytics for WordPress

6. Broken Link Checker

7. WP e-Commerce

8. ShareThis

9. Redirection

10. Related Posts Plugin nrelate

11.  Scroll popup html content ads

12. Get Recent Comments

13. Akismet

14. WP lightbox 2

15. Ultimate Tag Warrior 3

16. My Page Order

17. Adsense-Deluxe

18. Search Regex Plugin

19. Tweetmeme

20. WP-SpamFree Anti-Spam

21. Theme Authenticity Checker

22. List Category Posts

23. Expanding Text Plugin

24. Actionable

25. Search Everything

26. Sodahead Polls

27. Minimum Comment Length

28. Blogging Tips

29. WP-PageNavi

30. WordPress Super Cache

31. WPtouch: WordPress on iPhone, iPod & Android

32. Custom Welcome Message to new visitors

How To Start Making Money Online

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Making money online is not as difficult as some people may think, but making a substantial ongoing income online is actually pretty difficult. This is especially true if you are just starting out and aren’t sure what the best way to get started is. Keep in mind that most methods for making an online income will take a bit of time and/or money to gain traction. Also, you should be aware that there really are no quick and easy shortcuts to making money on the internet. It may take anywhere from a few months to a year before you begin to see substantial results.

While there are a number of different ways to make money online including article marketing, social media marketing, PPC (Pay per Click), etc, there are two main ways that I recommend to get started making money online:

1. Make Money With Affiliate Marketing: This means choosing the best affiliate programs or offers with high conversion rates. This would include joining the affiliate programs of popular sites like eBay, Amazon, Clickbank and Google Adsense.

2. Make Money With PTC (Paid To Click) Sites: A PTC site is a website that pays its members for the ads they click and view, on a daily basis. Popular and trusted PTC sites include ADFLY, LINKBUCKS, Neobux, Clixsense and GetBuxToday.

I have written a fairly comprehensive guide to earning money with PTC Sites and you can download it for free here.

Getting Started

With either of these methods there are only three things that you need to get started making money: A domain name, a web hosting account and an auto responder.

Domain Name

To get started the first thing that I would recommend is to register a domain name. I personally use NameCheap. I would suggest using a registrar that is separate from your hosting company. The reason that I recommend keeping your hosting and domain registrar separate is so that you can switch to a new hosting company easily if you ever find a better deal on a hosting package.

Web Hosting

Next, you will want to go to Hostgator and get a basic web hosting account. You will want to get a plan that will allow you to have an unlimited number of domains, and this should cost you around $5.00 per month. I use WordPress as the content management system for all of my sites, and if you purchase your hosting account through Hostgator, it’s really easy to set up. Just go to the “Fantastico” link on your control panel and create a new WordPress install

If you are working on a really tight budget, you can get started by using a site like Weebly to create a website for free. As soon as you can afford it however I would recommend paying the few extra dollars each month for hosting and you can have full control of your site with no banners or ads.

Autoresponders

What exactly is an autoresponder?  Basically, it is a program that enables you to automatically send emails to people (your leads). Now an autoresponder will not compose emails for you and it doesn’t involve spam or sending unsolicited email. What it will do is allow you to set up a sequence of pre-written emails that are sent out to the prospects in your database at regular, frequent intervals.

The importance of having a reliable autoresponder cannot be underestimated. As you go along in your internet marketing career, you will hear all of the internet marketing gurus tell you that the money is in the list. There is a good reason for this. Online marketing specialists know this to be a fact: The more prospects (leads) that you have on your mailing list that are interested in your products or services, the more sales you will make.

 

 

How To Submit Your Website On Google, Bing & Yahoo search engine

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How do I submit and get my web pages to appear on the search engine results pages?

It is vitally important to get your website listed on the major search engines such as Google because it is by far the best way of attracting free, targeted traffic to your site. This website gets most of its traffic from the search engines who send visitors to our web pages.

In this post, we’ll be looking at how to submit your site to each of the major search engines and learn what they look for on your web pages to help you rank higher. Knowing this will enable you to improve your content and overall website by implementing some search engine optimization (SEO) methods.

How Do Search Engines Rank Your Site?

Now, before we look at how you go about submitting your website to the major search engines, it’s important that you learn the fundamentals of what they look for when ranking your website/blog. The higher you rank on Google, Bing & Yahoo, the more traffic you will receive. But being listed doesn’t necessarily mean you will attract traffic, you need to optimize your site for the search engines to ‘see’ you properly.

Every search engine works differently from one another. This is because each uses its own unique algorithms to rank web pages. Generally, these take into account your; Page Title, Meta Description, Keywords within your content, Number of Inbound Links, Bounce Rate, etc. Don’t worry, it’s actually a lot less complicated than it sounds.

As I say, each search engine is different. One may prioritise the number of people linking to your page, where as another may look more favourably towards Targeted Keyword usage. I wouldn’t worry too much about which aspect is more important, as long as you know the general features that the search engines look for, you can optimize your web pages to rank higher.

Read our post on ‘On-Page SEO Techniques‘ to learn more about what the search engines are looking for on your pages.

Do I Need To Submit My Website To Search Engines?

All search engines use programs called ‘Spiders’ to crawl the web. These search the internet for new content, which is then added to their databases/index. When people conduct searches on search engines, the results come from this database, so it is important for your site to be listed on this database.

Technically you don’t need to submit your site to any search engines, as eventually they will find your site by crawling the internet. However, this can take time, time in which you are loosing potential traffic by not being listed. By submitting your site yourself, you speed up the whole process by being automatically added to the search engines database.

Create An XML Sitemap

When search engines crawl individual websites, they look for the site’s ‘Sitemap‘. This is a very basic page that lists all of the URL links of a website. Look at our sitemap for an example.

Search engines use this to see when new content has been added to a website, so it can keep it’s database up to date. So when you publish a new post on your blog, or new page on your website, it appears on your sitemap for the search engines to see.

Now, you could create your own sitemap manually, but that is a lot of hassle. Instead I’d recommend installing the ‘Google XML Sitemaps‘ WordPress plugin.

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap of all of your website. It supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs and it automatically notifies all the major search engines (i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo) every time you create a new post (you need to sign up first though).

Submit Your Site To Google & Get Ranked

Google is the king of the search engines, it’s the most used site on the planet with billions of searches everyday! This is why if you only end up submitting your site to one search engine, make sure that it is Google.

It’s a pretty straight forward process to submit your site to Google. Sign up with ‘Google Webmaster Tools‘ and you will be able to click on ‘Add Site’. This lets you enter the URL of your website (this just needs to be your homepage, not every page of your site!) which you then submit. To finish the process, you need to ‘Verify Ownership‘ so that Google knows that you and not someone else is trying to sign up to their Webmaster Tools.

To verify your site you need to ‘upload a HTML file to your server‘. This is a unique file from Google that contains a unique ID code that corresponds to your site. Once uploaded, you can verify your site and Google will see that you have added the HTML file.

So now that you have submitted your site to Google, there is one more thing to do and that’s to add your sitemap. On your ‘Webmaster Tools‘ dashboard you should now see your website. If you click onto it, you will be taken to a page showing statistics about your site (this will become more useful when your site starts ranking). Go to; Site Configuration>Sitemaps>Submit a Sitemap and point Google in the direction of your sitemap.

That’s it! Now, when you add new content to your site, your site map will automatically be updated via the ‘Google XML Sitemaps‘ plugin, which will also automatically inform Google that you have new content.

Submit Your Site To Bing/Yahoo & Get Ranked

Bing and Yahoo are search partners, which means that once you set up a Bing ‘Webmaster Tools‘ account and submit your sitemap, you are listed in both Bing and Yahoo’s search database.

This is exactly the same process as before, so it’s pretty straight forward. To begin you will need to sign up to ‘Bing Webmaster’ which is exactly the same Google’s ‘Webmaster Tools.

Once signed up (you can use your existing hotmail login info) you can click on ‘Add Site‘. Add your URL and you will again need to verify that you are the owner of the site. Download the unique HTML file from Bing and upload it to your server, just as you did before, and verify your site.

Lastly, you need to add your sitemap. Click on your website on the Bing dashboard then go to; Crawl>Sitemaps (XML, Atom, RSS)>Add Feed and point Bing in the direction of your sitemap.

Why Only Submit To Google, Yahoo & Bing?

Whilst you can submit your site to other search engines such as; Ask, AOL, MSN Search, etc. the vast majority of traffic comes from the big three; Google, Bing and Yahoo!

Once you start listing in these big three, you will end up being listed on the other search engines anyway.

Next Step – SEO

So, that’s it! You should now be listed on all three of the major search engines. But as I said earlier, that won’t guarantee traffic. You need to optimise your web pages with On-Page SEO techniques to make them rank highly on search engine results pages (SERPs). The higher you can rank, the more traffic you can generate.

How to do backups for your WordPress Blog

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How to do backups for your WordPress Blog

Having backups of your site is essential. Every webmaster should have few backups of his/hers website in case something goes wrong. In this tutorial we will cover the easiest and most useful ways to backup your WordPress website.

Do backups and more for your WordPress Blog.

  • Database Backup
  • WordPress XML Export
  • Optimize Database
  • Check\Repair Database
  • File Backup
  • Backups in zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 format
  • Store backup to Folder
  • Store backup to FTP Server
  • Store backup to Amazon S3
  • Store backup to Google Storage
  • Store backup to Microsoft Azure (Blob)
  • Store backup to RackSpaceCloud
  • Store backup to DropBox
  • Store backup to SugarSync
  • Send Log/Backup by Email
  • Multisite Support only as Network Admin

** WP 3.1 and PHP 5.2.5 Required!! **

** NO WARRANTY SUPPLIED! ** ** Test your Backups! **

 

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