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Speeding Up Your Blog To Keep Your Readers Happy

I’ve heard said that Google is now including the time it takes a page to load as part of  it’s algorithm when calculating a site’s PR. Too bad I don’t give a crap about what PR Google gives me, but I am concerned about those who come to read my blogs. That being the case I am always wary of the amount of plugins I install so before adding any new ones I first have to decide which one get’s the boot. I also make sure that any images I include in headers and stuff are always optimized to save on loading time. Several of the plugins I used are also meant to increase the speed of this blog. They include. Clean Up: As WordPress auto saves your posts these extra files increases the size of your MSQL database and this plugin removes those extra files. WP-Cache: I used to…

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As far as blogging platforms go I reckon that WordPress has to the the best freaking platform on the planet. If that wasn’t enough for the average run of the mill blogger then the variety and quality of plugins available for WordPress makes it even better! If I was to compare it to anything I would say that plugins do the same job for a WordPress blog that a turbo charger or any other number of accessories under the hood do for a high performance car. When looking for a plugin it has to fulfill at least one of three criteria. Make Life Easier: Let’s face it, blogging is a grueling thankless task that can take so much time out of your life that you barely have time to make love to your prospective other. Rewarding Commentators: There are many plugins that do this ranging from commentluv to dofollow and…

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Necessity is the mother of invention. This is a well known proverb that can be applied to many things in life, including blogging. It basically means that whenever someone finds a need for something, if that need is great enough he will find a way of fulfilling that need. One avenue of blogging where this is clearly displayed is the creation of all the great plugins that we use in our blogs. This can be anything from Andy’s Commentluv to Microkid’s related posts. They can save us time by simplifying tasks, they can improve the SEO of our blog or they can even reward those who take the time to comment on our blogs. As bloggers our greatest need would be to get others to visit our blog. It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging for money or if you’re doing it just for the love of it, unless people are coming to…

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I reckon ever since my famous post on why I will no longer link on A list blogs people are starting to realize how important my commentators are to me. I’ve actually done a whole heap of posts on the importance of commenting, inluding, Do You Want More People Commenting On Your Blog, Commentators, How Do I Reward Thee, Let Me Count The Ways and I’ve even done a post on the importance of Commenting Etiquette. Those were just a few of the many posts that I’ve written on how important it is to not only get comments to your blog, but also how to treat those very special people who take the time to leave a comment. The trouble is that not everyone is getting as many comments as they would like and this post will expose the top 7 reasons why people are not returning to comment on your…

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I am really interested in how many people have received an email from Google introducing the launch of their ‘interest-based advertising’? According to Google; Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user’s previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. “sports enthusiast”).  To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network.  As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the “sports enthusiast” interest category.  To learn more about your associated account settings, please visit the AdSense Help Center at http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=20310. This raises some privacy concerns as it seems that Google is taking another step towards the ‘Big Brother Is Watching You’ approach. I mean do we as users really want to be categorized depending on our…

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Blogging The Money Way With Plugins

Isn’t it ironic how I can do one post on how blogging is not all about money and then  not long after, I do another one on how bloggers can increase the earning potential of their blogs by merely using the right plugins. I think it would be safe to say that  a lot of bloggers rely on adsense as the predominate source of their blogging income. This being the case we can optimize our earnings by having adsense appearing on individual posts but because it is a virtual pain in the ass to place the code in a post most don’t bother with it. Enter the WhyDoWork Adsense Plugin, a plugin that enables you to do this automatically giving you complete control over where the ads occur and even when they occur. For example, you may not want the ads to appear on your newer posts so you set…

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Allowing Commentators To Edit Their Comments

Yes, I know Yan, another post about comments. But seriously mate, it’s not entirely my fault as this post is directly related to a comment left by Dennis Edell who just happens to believe that you shouldn’t have any blank blog advertisement slots, but more importantly in regards to this post said; I’m looking for one that plays nice with commentluv, can you link me to yours? Now I assume he is referring to the plugin that allows commentators to edit their comment. At least that is what I hope he is referring to, the jokes on me if he isn’t. Anyway, a lot of the plugins I use is directly aimed at my readers as I believe that customer service should also include blogs, and in a sense our readers and prospective commentators are our customers. So, as a service to my cherished commentators I have installed Ajax Edit…

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Plugins Make WordPress So Versatile

Image by ocean.flynn via Flickr I love the WordPress Blogging Platform so much that I use it for all my blogs. As good as the platform is the plugins make it so much better. The world is full of intelligent people who love tinkering with scripts and because of the popularity of the WordPress platform a lot of them contribute their talents to making WordPress even better. Stratosg is one of those who goes out of his way to develop plugins to improve the blogging experience of all WordPress bloggers. I’ve never installed the ‘Tag Cloud” feature before because I didn’t like the jumbled hapzard look of the resulting Tag Cloud. Then the other day I came across Kim’s post, If You Could Have Any WordPress Plugin, What Would You Want, and I noticed that someone wanted a unique style of Tag Cloud, one that I would love to display…

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