Jun 2, 2011

Top 3 Must-Have Google Plugins for WordPress

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I will not waste to explain what is WordPress and what is Google. As I assumed all who read this blog will be average or experienced WordPress users that is concerning on their SEO and ranking in Google Search result. So, I will write about the simple top 3 Google plugins that all WordPress blog must have without modifying their themes code.

Google Analytics for WordPress logo

1. Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast

Simply by just searching the keyword for google analytics on the search box will return you with a list of analytics plugins but how many of them are really useful or really good? After countless installation, I have finally decided that the Google Analytics plugins developed by Yoost de Valk is the best of all. Yoost has developed quite some plugins and many of them are really useful and I will cover more of them on our next blog release.

By the way, if you have not signed up for a Google Analytics, please do so athttp://www.google.com/analytics/

The Google Analytic plugins allows you to track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.Below are the features of the plugins on how it worked.

Firstly, download the plugins fromhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/ and upload it to your plugins folder or simply search it from the plugins archive on WordPress dashboard and activate it.

After you activated your the plugins, you will be prompted to activate which Analytic Profiles to work on your website statistics via Google Analytics API.

It even has the option for enabling extra settings Google Analytics advanced users that know how to work around. I will try to cover that part soon.

What I love the most about this plugins is the feature where it allows usage of custom variables in Google Analytics to track meta data on pages. It support for the following custom variables without ruining your own original statistics.

  • Author
  • Single category and / or multiple categories
  • Post type (especially useful if you use custom post types)
  • Logged in users
  • Publication Year
  • Tags

2.Google Sitemap Generator

Unlike other sitemap generator plugins, this sitemap will submit your XML sitemap to not only Google but Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com.Even though Google may be the mostly used search engine but we still can’t deny the drive and traffic from other search engine.

This plugins also will help to generate the sitemap ofall kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content. This is helpful for some unique permalinks styles that was purposely SEO.

You can even download the zipped XML to your local machine and store it as a backup. Since Google Webmaster allows the feature for uploading the sitemap manually, we can use the downloaded XML from the plugins and upload it and get instant update on our sitemap without waiting for the indexation by Google bots.

But there is bad news for WordPress multisites users, whereby it is not support this currently stable version. Anyhow, the beta for multisite is out.Feel free to try out the newBeta version which fully supports multisite WordPress if you really need it.

3. Google Website Optimizer for WordPress

Now this is the plugins for tracking andoptimize your landing pages (as posts or pages) using the Google Website Optimizer without needing to edit the HTML code of the theme. Simply by tracking or understanding your landing page especially for e-commerce site, will help to improve the sales or revenue.

This may sound simple but you might need to understand that each human may have different taste and interest, we can’t study this kind of human behaviour just by referring to statistic of pageview or numbers of traffic. Through the Google Website Optimizer feature, we will get to choose 2 or more variation of page and find out which one gives us more profit or sales through A/B testing.

A/B Split & Multivariable Testing will allow you to identify your most effective site elements. Test everything from individual copy blocks and images to complete page layouts.

Just register yourself onhttp://www.google.com/websiteoptimizer and start to find out which type of wordings, images, layout and many other element may affect your sales opportunity.

If you are running on A/B Experiment or testing, you will need to get prepare on your original page, minimum of one variation page and one conversion page.

What is original page?

- Original page is the default landing page of yours where it will be the page where your ads or your links directed to.

What is variation page?

- Variation page is the optional page where you wish to test on its performance in accomplishing the goal that varied in terms of layouts, wordings, images and etc.

What is conversion page?

The conversion page may refer to a goal of your website. If you an e-commerce owner selling some stuff via WordPress, you will create variation of pages for testing and the conversion is the page where you would most probably put the page of payment completion or the thank you page.

Just generate your javascripts on from Google Website Optimizer and fill in the box on the post/page box as below

Fill in the box as it instructed and start conducting your experiment and find out which page will gives you more revenue or reaching the goal most efficiently.

There you go, the top 3 must of Google plugins for WordPress.

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May 31, 2011

Primer: WordPress photo gallery without a plugin

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Otto has created a very thorough primer to create a WordPress photo gallery without a plugin. He walks you through understanding pictures and galleries, creating and modifying an image template, and tweaking image and thumbnail sizes.

He reminds us:

You don't really need plugins to create photo galleries. WordPress has a huge amount of gallery functionality built right in. You just need to make your theme smarter in order to take advantage of it.

Click through to read Photo gallery primer on Otto on WordPress.

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3 New Ways to Attract More Twitter Followers from WordPress.com

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We love to create new features on WordPress.com, but we also like to make it easier for you to connect your site with other popular services. We've teamed up with the folks at Twitter several times over the years, and we’re thrilled to help them unveil the new Follow Button to the world for the very first time today.

The new Follow Button makes it easy for your readers to follow you on Twitter without ever leaving your WordPress.com site. Here are three ways to incorporate it on your site:

1. Add the new Follow Button to posts, pages, or text widgets. You can even show a count of your followers, customize the colors, and display a link to your Twitter page. Check out the Twitter Follow Buttonsupport document for all the details.

Here’s a working example of what the new Follow Button looks like:

2. Embed fully functioning Tweets on your posts and pages with Twitter Blackbird Pie. The new Follow Button will appear in the upper right hand corner of the Tweet.


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3. Activate the Twitter Widget on your site’s sidebar to display the Follow Button below a list of recent Tweets.

We hope the new Follow Button will help you to boost your site's reach and exposure. Don’t forget that there are additional ways that you can integrate Twitter with WordPress.com:

  • Add a Twitter sharing button to the bottom of your posts or pages with the Sharing feature
  • Tweet new posts automatically to your Twitter account with Publicize

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WordCamp San Francisco Call for Speakers

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Tho annual WordPress conference, WordCamp San Francisco (home of the very first WordCamp), is now accepting speaker applications. Past speakers have included core WordPress developers, people building successful businesses on WordPress, popular bloggers, people from related projects and businesses…you name it. In addition to Matt Mullenweg’s annual “State of the Word” address, WCSF has played host to talks by people like Mark Jaquith, Matt Cutts, Richard Stallman, Scott Berkun, Karl Fogel, Tim Ferriss, Tara Hunt, Chris Pirillo, and John Lilly. With 3 days of content this year instead of just one, the list of speakers should be even more impressive. If you think you’d make a good addition to this year’s roster, check out the WCSF Call for Speakers.

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May 30, 2011

Removing the error “An automated WordPress update has failed to complete”

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If you have encountered the error as below on your WordPress dashboard after running the WordPress auto update,

An automated WordPress update has failed to complete – please attempt the update again now

chances are you have might possible encountered an incomplete process of ending the WordPress update.

Here’s how to solve it.

  1. Login to your FTP account and look for the .maintenance file. It is located at the same path of your WordPress root installation folder.
  2. Remove the file and refresh your dashboard.
  3. If the above methods does not work, try look for the upgrade folder in the wp-content folder and remove it.
  4. If the above method does not help, try manually update your WordPress file by replacing the old files with the updated WordPress files.

To prevent such as error again, remember to deactivate all of your plugins and switching your themes to default Twenty Ten themewhen attempting to run the WordPress version auto update from your dashboard.

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