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Buzzfeed & Upworthy-style Social Media Sharing Plugin for WordPress

Buzzfeed-style Sharing Plugin for WordPress

After a long time search for these, I’ve finally found what I believe are the best social media sharing buttons around.  Social news sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy have risen in prominence over the past few years partly because they are great at enticing people to share the content they’ve carefully curated on all their favourite social networks.

buzzfeed

If there were a list of websites which consistently put out content that went viral, then these two would surely be near the top somewhere.

As I see it, they spend a lot of money and time figuring out what works and doesn’t work.  No point in us smaller fish doing the same, just let them see what works and copy it!

This is why I’ve been searching for a WordPress plugin that would give me the style of social icons they use at the moment and enough flexibility to allow me to customise them to my sites.

Even the massive tech news site Mashable uses some version of these social buttons to promote the sharing of content on their pages.

mashable

Since I’ve been blogging across my various platforms, I’ve used a lot of different social media plugins.  At present, the momentum seems to be towards large, bold sharing icons that are in your face.  I guess we’ve grown blind to the simple, left-floating icons we see everywhere and therefore this essential social marketing technique is evolving.

Take a look at the Get Social Get Viral WordPress plugin to see how it fares with what you’re currently using on your sites.

 

Are you being smart about using WordPress?

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Why do we use WordPress?

There are a number of reasons why millions around the world use WordPress:

1. It’s very well supported – A massive user base means a massive community.  So there are thousands of forums, user groups, experts who are around to help.
2. Its not just about blogs – Yes it’s the king of blogs and that’s how it started, but its more than just a blogging platform. Over 1 million of the most popular sites on the Web use WordPress and no they’re not all blogs.
3. Its massively customisable – Need a contact form, want to have ads, want anything else?  There’ll be a plugin for that!  There are literally thosuands of WordPress themes and plugins to customise your site exactly the way you want it.
4. It doesn’t take a technical whiz to get started – You can be up and running in a matter of minutes.

I already use WordPress – what more should I be doing?

Because WordPress is so widely used, you need to know how to keep your WordPress site secure.

  • Stay up to date – Plugins, themes and the very WordPress software itself gets updated often to provide new functionality and to increase security.
  • Backup your data – I know you’ve heard this before, but it needs to be said.  Why spend time & money on your website and then risk it all being taken away?  

How not backing up could lose you $1800: http://bit.ly/1d38b5u

 

Running many sites on WordPress?

If you’re already using WordPress across many websites, chances are you’re already updating WordPress along with all your plugins and themes.

You probably also spend far too much time just updating everything.

Typical process   (about 5 minutes per site)

1.Login to each site.
2.Update WordPress.
3.Update Themes.
4.Update Plugins.
5.Log out.

Does this sound familiar?

 Any idea how long you’ve spent updating if you’ve got just 10 websites?

That’s just updating…

If you’ve been working on your website for a while, you’re probably also spending time on:

  1. Backing up your website and content
  2. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) analysis
  3. Tracking which keywords you’re ranking for on the major search engines
  4. Reviewing your Google Analytics
  5. Monitoring uptime across your websites

How much time are you spending on all of this?

 

Spending too much money as well as time?

Lets face it.  If you’ve been doing this a while, you’ve already got someone working on your SEO and paying good money for it too.

You’ve probably got a plugin which handles your backups.

You’re probably checking rankings on all your sites manually or you’ve delegated this to someone else on your team.

 

Get all this for  $2 per site, per month

Yes, just $2 or £1.50 per month.

For that, you get:

  1. One-click updates
  2. All websites under one dashboard
  3. One-click automatic login to any of your WordPress sites
  4. Update WordPress software on all your sites with just one-click
  5. Install, update, manage all your plugins and themes on all your sites
  6. Mass remove spam comments
  7. Update any post from any site from just one dashboard
  8. Optimise your WP database
  9. Conduct a Website Performance Scan
  10. Receive email notifications for available updates
  11. Easy, reliable backups (including to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive)
  12. Powerful SEO analysis
  13. Review pageview statistics
  14. Keyword ranking checks
  15. Google Analytics monitoring from the same dashboard

 

Be smart about how you use WordPress.

Spend your time and money on the important stuff.

Let a simple, low-cost solution do the rest.

For more info:

http://www.helpforstartups.biz/wordpress

Follow this one simple security step if you use WordPress, its a MUST!

How do you change you default WordPress admin‘ username?


By default, WordPress assigns you the ‘admin‘ username when you first install it.  Most people will stick with this forever but this is a gift for anyone wishing to break into your website.

Imagine…

You want to get into someone’s account.  You see two fields on the screen in front of you.  One is asking for the username, the other is asking for a password.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if you already know one of those, your job of getting unauthorised access is 50% simpler.

So my advice?  Always, always change your default administrator username.  It takes about 2 minutes and makes breaking in by guessing that little bit more difficult.

Ok so how do you change you default WordPress admin‘ username?  
Just follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard using your admin username and password.
  2. Go to the Users section and create a new user.  Give this user Administrator privileges and an appropriate username. TIP: Use something that isn’t your name, or anything like admin‘.  So no, admin2‘ is not recommended.
  3. Now you’ve created a new user that is also an Administrator, one of them can be deleted. To delete admin‘, you need to log out and log back in with your new user details.
  4. Once you’re back in, go to the Users section again, pick the admin‘ profile and hit the delete key.  Assign any content over to your new username and you’re done!

Easy, peasy! You have now changes your default WordPress admin‘ username.

If you’ve got any problems, send me a tweet at @Helpforstartups and I’ll be happy to tweet you through it.

Backup WordPress – Don’t lose $1800 like I did

Always backup your WordPress sites.  It doesn’t matter if you have one or 100, backing up the content from the sites you spend a lot of time and money on should never be something you’ll do tomorrow.  Trust me – I learnt the hard way.

Always backup wordpress

I run several airport-related blogs which I have built up over the last three years, with each one being developed in WordPress.  I love WordPress and you’ll hear me talking about it all the time as it is easy to use, has any plugin you could possibly want from a customisation point of view and has many thousands of support options, from forums to specialist WordPress maintenance companies.

Just eight months ago, I lost about $1,800 across these airport blogs.  Why?  Because someone hacked into my sites and for some reason thought it would be funny to delete a whole heap of content.  I had a modest WordPress backup solution (a sorry excuse for one – who’s with me?), but it was quite manual and not lazy-proof.  Like many of you, I’d heard the constant mantra, backup, backup, backup but something else was always more urgent so a better backup solution always fell onto the backburner.

Even to this day, I don’t know how much content was actually lost.  Probably about eight months worth I guess, and that’s a lot of stuff considering there were multiple posts per week.  Some were retrieved from draft Word documents on my desktop, Evernote and the like, but most of it was just gone.  Our hosting company only had a day of backups, and we found out too late for them to be able to do anything about it.  Between my VA’s and I, we probably scraped together about 15 articles.  15!!  Out of over 100!  That wasn’t the worst part either….if you put together all the hours spent in researching, writing, comments left by readers, my team’s responses to those comments, the whole conversation!  All gone!  I don’t know why, perhaps to torture myself, but I just had to know what the rough value of what I lost was.  As I mentioned earlier, the figure I came to was around $1,800!

Months of work disappeared, and with it any SEO value that had been built up in them.  Our visitor numbers dropped considerably and though I can’t tell if this is related, each site’s corresponding Twitter accounts also lost followers over that short space of time.

Since then, having a WordPress maintenance package in place has been even more important to me than the content on the website.  What use is good content, if you’re going to risk it all disappearing after a simple hack?

I read many, many blogs and articles on WordPress site security and spoke to many experts before deciding to pick this WordPress support service.  Some simple tips:

  1. Online technologies change and with it so do online security measures.  Large organisations like WordPress are constantly updating their software in line with the latest security measures so one of the things you absolutely must do is keep all your WordPress versions, your themes and plugins updated regularly.
  2. All standard WP installations produce your admin panel at the following URL: http://www.yoursite.com/wp-adminThis can be changed.
  3. The following code is present by default in WordPress site pages.  Any potential hackers can use this to determine what version of WP you are using which can make it easier to compromise.  Remove this with this simple plugin.
  4. Change your default administrator username.  By default, this is admin.  The majority of people don’t bother and yet its the simplest of all the things in this list to sort out.  Find out how here.

Now points 2-4 are simple tips to implement and are one-offs too but for point 1, if you have multiple blogs and WordPress websites, this can be a logistical nightmare.  Without an easy, single-sign on solution, you’ll be forever spending your time individually logging on to each of your websites, and manually updating the WordPress themes, WordPress plugins and WordPress software versions.

I gave up after just one week of this and went in search for simplicity without compromising security.  And I found this simple WordPress backup and maintenance service.  The price was less than it would cost to hire a Virtual Assistant to do it all manually for me so it was a no-brainer.  And it let me backup and update all my WordPress sites from one place.  No more having to login to each site separately.

Of course, I’m keen to hear what horror stories you’ve had in the past with your WordPress maintenance or lack of maintenance solutions.  Have you found any that are better than the one I use?  Leave your comments below and let us all know.

2 simple WordPress tips

Building a few new WordPress sites this week got me thinking about all the stuff I’d learnt over the past 2 years.  Some things I still see many bloggers and website owners doing less well on their own sites, which are pretty simple to resolve.

No nofollow

Image via Wikipedia

No-Follow Links

Many people are unaware that a while back, WordPress made all links that appear in your blog’s comments nofollow effectively meaning that their usefulness in terms of pure SEO is severely limited.  In fact the only reason I can think of for nofollow links being useful is that it tells SE’s that your backlinks are more natural than if they were all follow links.

Generally speaking, if you submit a good post, and have a website in good standing, people will naturally comment.  Adding some controversy in, and comments should flourish.  However, some readers may be on the fence about making a comment especially if they’re link building themselves.  Don’t assume that just because someone is link building that they’re contribution won’t be valuable.  In these cases it would be nice to know that they’ll get back some link juice for adding value to your site.

This is where the Do Follow plugin comes in.  It strips out the nofollow element from the links people leave within their comments.  Will this invite spammers?  If you use the GASP plugin, then this impact should be fairly limited.

Long-tail Web Addresses

Every post you publish within WordPress has its own unique URL.  By default, this normally looks like this: http://www.leadingroute.com/?p=123.

Not exactly pleasing to the eye, nor to search engines.  The ?p=123 part does nothing for your site and gives no information to your readers about what they’re going to find there.

You need long-tail web addresses.  Be careful about implementing this on an existing site thats been around for a few years.  Making the following change without putting proper redirects in place can harm your rankings if its already built up credibility on the web.  If this is you, and you need some help, drop me an email or leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help further.

Fortunately, introducing long-tail addresses is easy as pie.  When you’re logged into your admin panel, scroll down to Settings -> Permalinks.  Click on the Custom radio button and type the following /%category%/%postname%/.  This will now use the title of your post within the URL.  Much better for all concerned.

Let me know if this has helped you by leaving a comment below.

 

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