Five Best WordPress Plugins For Affiliate Marketers

As a blogger I'm a bit of a plugin hog and I firmly believe that it's the huge suppository of available plugins that make WordPress the huge success that it is. Don't get me wrong, even without the plugins WordPress is the best blogging platform out there but adding plugins to the equation just makes it do so much more. There are plugins that deal with spam and there are plugins that make WordPress blogs more efficient. There are plugins that reward your readers, like commentluv and do follow,  and there are plugins that help you with your quest to make an online income. Which brings me to this post where I plan on showing you what I believe to the 5 best free wordPress plugins for the affiliate marketer, or indeed any blogger that wants to boost their online income. 5 Essential Affiliate WordPress Plugins Affiliate Link Cloaker: Developed by Joe Brewer I believe the Affiliate Link Cloaker to be an essential part of your affiliate plugin arsenal. This plugin does more than just cloak your links, it also makes them appear more professional as well as being 'geo' aware. This means it will send American who clicked on your Amazon link to the American Amazon site and any English person who clicked on a link to the English Amazon site. There are also several other unique qualities like making the links nofollow as well as setting up keywords so the links are placed automatically in posts when those keywords are found.…

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Put A Firewall Up To Protect Your Blog From Attacks

I usually wait awhile before doing update posts so the original post gets to be seen by quite a few people. I've never, ever posted an update straight after the original post. However, since my last post about how My Blog Was Hacked And What I Did About It I've decided that this update was so important I should post it straight away. Fist off I would like to thank Keith of Public Speaking and Presentations for putting me onto John Hoff and his post about how to easily set up WordPress firewall for your blog. Because of that post I've installed the SEO Egghead's WordPress Firewall Plugin! You see where in my previous post I showed you how to protect yourself from someone hacking into your blogs dashboard this one protects you from the more malicious attacks the sort that uses SQL injection. Without this plugin hackers can hack your files without gaining access to your dashboard. I urge you to read John's post and to install this plugin. Since it's installation I've been notified of several attacks on this and one of my other blogs. If I didn't install the plugin not only would I not have known of the attack my blog may very well have been compromised. Once an attack occurs you get an email notifying you of the file they tried to compromise as well as the IP address of the offender. Apparently all the attacks appear to be "Directory Traversal Attacks" You can read about these…

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10 Essential WordPress Plugins For The Smart Blogger

I reckon there are two things that set WordPress apart from other blogging platforms, the amount of quality themes available and the plugins. There are so many plugins out there that you can do almost anything you want with your blog. I don't know about you guys but while visiting other blogs I've often wondered what plugins they were using, That being the case there may even be some of you who are wondering about the ones I use. The obvious ones are commentluv, dofollow and keyword luv plugins, but for the purpose of this post I won't be including them as I figure most bloggers are familiar with them. I think it more appropriate that I write about the ones that work behind the scenes, the ones you don't see, or even the ones that you may see but don't know what plugin is making it work. Quick Cache: Over the years I've tried several caching plugins and I settled on this one because apart from doing the job well it is the easiest caching plugin I've come across. It even has a 'clear cache' icon that can be accessed from every page of the dashboard. FT Signature Manager: This plugin's actually designed so the blogger can place a signature at the end of the post. I on the other hand saw another use for it, one that's proven to be quite profitabe. I've used it to advertise the Flexsqueeze theme, yep, that's the one you'll see at the bottom of thisand every post. Insights: This plugin is…

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