May 13, 2009 by Matt | Posted in Featured, WordPress
Yesterday I released my newest WordPress plugin: Tweetable. It helps integrate Twitter into your blog. It tweets your posts as they are published and adds a configurable sidebar widget that displays your latest tweets (with optional follower count). The automatic post-tweeting can be configured to use the URL shortener of your choice, and Google Analytics campaign tags can be included.
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May 12, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
Google Analytics supports an interesting feature called campaign tagging, where you append variables to a URL so you can track a “campaign.” You could, for instance, add them to the URL of a post of yours that you will be sharing on Twitter. Then you wait for it to propogate and go viral. You can then track, in Google Analytics, how much traffic is coming from Twitter. Usually, Analytics won’t be able to give you an accurate picture of how many hits are coming from Twitter, as it only sees visits from Twitter.com. Traffic from desktop clients like Twhirl and TweetDeck appear as direct visits. Campaign tagging fixes that.
Jack McIntyre recently cooked up an interesting plugin for WordPress, one that I’m surprised hadn’t already existed. It’s called Tracked RSS. It adds campaign tags to your RSS feeds, so you can tell when someone clicks through from their feed reader to your site. This is something I’ve long wanted to do. There’s also a sister plugin, Tracked Tweets, which tweets your posts and includes campaign tags in the shortened link.
Mar 17, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
Version 1.3.0 of the GoCodes redirection plugin has been released. Several long-awaited improvements have been made.
- .htaccess editing is no longer required. As long as you are using “pretty permalinks” instead of the default ?p=123 type thing you can just drop the GoCodes plugin in and activate it. The behind-the-scenes magic will do the rest. (If you are upgrading from a prior version of WordPress, it is recommended that you remove the redundant .htaccess lines, as they are no longer required and may hinder some functionality.)
- You can now sort the Manage GoCodes table. People have wanted the ability to reorder the Manage table by date added, key, or the number of hits. Now you can!
- Replace the /go/ in redirect URLs with your own “virtual subdirectory.” Want to have /affiliate/ instead? Just pop over to the new Settings -> GoCodes page and change it.
- Automatically nofollow redirects. Some users have been writing-in, asking for the ability to “nofollow GoCodes.” If you check the “Nofollow” box on the settings page, GoCodes will start sending a “noindex, nofollow” header statement to search spiders trying to index redirects.
- An assortment of minor tweaks and fixes.
Also note that GoCodes now uses the more SEO-friendly 301 redirects instead of 302s, and has since the previous release.
To update, either use WordPress’s automatic plugin updater, or download the latest version manually from WordPress.org.
If you find any bugs, or have a feature request, feel free to leave a comment.
Mar 13, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
I’ve previously talked about the distinguished BuySellAds banner marketplace. The network makes it much easier to sell ad space on your website, and has proven to be an excellent alternative to directly making deals with advertisers.
The Buy Sell Ads WordPress Plugin, once installed, allows you to insert an ad zone into your sidebar simply by dropping a widget in. For ads elsewhere, or if you don’t have a widgetized theme, you can use a template tag instead.
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Feb 17, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
The WordPress 125×125 ad management plugin has just got better, with yet another release. Version 1.3.0 fixes a few bugs, and adds some useful new features.
New features in 1.3.0:
- iCalendar subscription – Want to keep tabs on ad expirations better? Subscribe to them through Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, or any other major calendaring application.
- Localization support – Now you can have WP125 in French or Spanish, should you have your WordPress installation set to display one of the two languages. (I am responsible for the Spanish translation, so feel free to criticize my most likely poor grammar…) If you wish to help translate WP125 into a language that you know well, the .POT files are in the /translations directory.
- Dashboard widget – A WP 2.7-compatible Dashboard widget is now supported. It shows a table of the current active ads. You can hide/show it like any other Dashboard widget.
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Feb 2, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
Did you know there is an easy way to dramatically improve your WordPress blog’s search rankings? Try installing the All in One SEO Pack, one of the most popular WordPress plugins.
- Prevents duplicate content issues
- Rewrites page titles to be more search engine-friendly.
- Generates dynamic meta tags for permalink pages. A short snippet from the article is used for the meta description, and the post’s tags are used for the keywords.
- Allows you to manually override the meta tags and title tag on a post-by-post basis as well.
These things can really help out your rankings. The <title> tag is a major point of focus for Google and other search engines, and it’s the part of a result that searchers pay the most attention to. It pays to have good titles.
Meta tags may not have the weight they once did, but they are still considered, and are worth paying attention to all the same.
As with all matters of SEO, your mileage will vary. This plugin will definitely do more good than harm though.
Jan 15, 2009 by Matt | Posted in Monetization
Thaya Kareeson, maker of the useful WP Greet Box Plugin, has just released Anti-AdBlock, a WordPress plugin that detects if the user is running the AdBlock Plus extension for Firefox and displays a message “humbly asking them to support your website by turning off their AdBlock software.”
The plugin allows you to customize the message to be displayed and the accompanying image. The box will, by default, log a cookie to prevent the box from showing again after the first visit, though you can set it to show more than once. Also, the message can be set to not display until a user has visiting more than X pages on the site, and it is set to a reasonably high number by default; a nice touch.
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