Is Pinbutton Attraction Plugin As Good As They Say

I’m sure that most bloggers who blog for money would agree that traffic is very important for generating income. It’s why they bust their chops doing SEO so they can rank well in the search engines. It’s also why many of them join those social networks like FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. I’ve been hearing a lot about Pinterest lately but until a couple of days ago I’ve pretty well ignored it. The reason I finally decided to sit up and take notice was because it suddenly dawned on me that I could be neglecting a good traffic source.

What is special about Pinterest, and makes it different from most of the other social networks, is that it’s a photo sharing site. What is important to bloggers is that it has many SEO benefits. Rather than go into them all here you can read all bout it from the following article, All You Need To Know About Pinterest For SEO. Before I get into the guts of this post I’m going to show you some stats taken from the above article.

Who uses Pinterest?

  • The average Pinterest user is female between the ages of 24-54
    • Over 90% of Pinterest users are female*
    • 33% of users are between the ages of 35-54*
  • 50% of Pinterest users are parents
  • Pinterest users are extremely active:
    • 12 million unique monthly visitors*
    • 2.2 million of those users post daily*

The important things to note from those stats are that Pinterest users are extremely active, that there are 12 million unique monthly visitors and that 2.2 million of them post daily. That being the case I believe it would be unwise for us to ignore Pinterest as a good traffic source, which is why I bought the Pinbutton Attraction plugin by Chris Guthrie.

What The Pinbutton Attraction Plugin Does

Sure, you could easily place the Pinterest code somewhere on your blog so that the Pinterest button appears with your other social network buttons, but is that the best place to put it? I don’t think so. The best place is on the image itself! Take the image below for example. Hover your mouse over and see what happens. If I wanted to I can have it so the button appears all the time and in any of the four corners of the image.

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This is so much better than having it in the sidebar, at the end of the post  because it allows the user to ‘Pin‘ the actual image that they like. If they did it via the button in the sidebar it would bring up every image on the blog and then they would have to find the one they liked. Therefore the Pinbutton Attraction plugin gives the user a much better experience.

All in all it is a pretty good plugin but it does have one major flaw. When I purchased the plugin I was under the impression that it would allow me to place the Pinterest button on all the images on my blog. Imagine my surprise when it didn’t work. Actually I wasn’t all that surprised because if something like that was going to happen it always happens to me. Heck, I’ve been known to buy something, plug it in only to find out its a dud and then have to take it back to the store for a replacement. :hairout_tb:

Anyway, I put in a support ticket and we finally worked out that my problem was most of my images aren’t registered with the WP system, meaning that I did not use WordPress Add Media to import the images because most of my images are hosted on Flickr. This means that every time I want to include an image from Flickr I have to manually add the rel=”pinme” attribute to the anchor tag around the image. A bit of a pain but one I’m willing to put up with to get an edge on those bloggers who haven’t harnessed the power of Pinterest yet.

If you do use the WP Add Media system the plugin works like a dream allowing you to choose whether or not you want the image to have the Pinbutton attached.

Does Pinterest Increase Your Traffic?

Well, that all depends on the images you place on your blog. The better, more interesting the image the more likely someone will ‘Pin‘ it. The more people that ‘Pin‘ it the more traffic you’re likely to get to your blog. What we need to remember is you’re more likely to have someone ‘Pin‘ you if your blog utilizes a Pinterest button and even more likely if that button appears on your images.

If you want to take full advantage of Pinterest then it is in your interest to grab your PinButton Attraction plugin now.

 

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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 theWhat do Affiliate´s Want? 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.
  • Fast Secure Contact Form: If you want to become successful you have to make yourself available to anyone who’s looking for added information, information that could well lead to a sale. Mike Challis’ Fast Secure Contact form is a perfect tool for making you available to your prospects.
  • Max Banner Ads: I wrote a post about Max Banner Ads where I talked about it’s ability to rotate ads so as to help prevent ad blindness. A great utility for incorporating your affiliate banners.
  • SEO Smart Links: Developed by Vladmir Prelovac SEO Smart Links allows you to turn words selected by you into affiliate links. You control whether you want them to appear just in your post or in your comments as well. Turns those words into links in all your posts including past ones.
  • MediaPass Subscription Plugin:  Perhaps not one for affiliate marketers per se but definitely one that can used to add to your online income. When I originally told you about  MediaPass it involved installing a code on your blog but now they have developed their own WordPress plugin. For the plugin to work you need to be a member but that’s not a problem because its free to join.

Well, there you go, now you have another 5 plugins to check out to see whether or not they will suit your blogging needs. But don’t go away just yet because there is more for you to do before you continue on your blog hopping way.

Don’t Leave Before You

  • Leave a good comment: Remember that a good comment has much more value than a mere backlink as it builds your brand by showing others you know what you’re taking about and has a greater potential for building traffic to your site
  • Promote this post by sharing with your Social Network! Telling me what a great post this is and then not giving it a Tweet or using one of the other social media buttons at the bottom of this post is a pretty empty gesture. Also, keep in mind that promoting this post also promotes your comment giving it more exposure making it a win, win situation.

Cool, now that you’ve left a comment and shared this post with your social network you are free to leave. :tongue_laugh_ee:

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Why Google+ Will Give FaceBook A Run For It’s Money

I’ve done two posts concerning Google’s +1 button, namely Google+1 Showing Others Their Stamp Of Approval and Which Is Of More Value A Tweet Or Google’s +1? The funny thing was that a lot of people were comparing the +1 to FaceBooks like button and I thought it was so much more than that. It’s still my opinion that Google will factor people’s +1s into their search algorithm.

Google+ changes all that now that they’re live and FaceBook should be worried because unlike +1 Google+ is their direct competition. I’ve only joined Google+ today and already I’m loving it better than FaceBook. While there are similarities it’s features are so much better. So much so that I’ve heard FaceBook are so worried they are working on some major revamping just so they can remain in contention. So let’s look at some of the features:

  1. Circles: This is the best thing about Google+ and is one of the reasons it will leave FaceBook for dead. Once you’ve joined you can organise all the people you follow into ‘Circles’ As you can see I have one Circle just for my Blogger buddies. I’ve also got one for Family, Friends and Acquaintances. You can have as many circles as you want.
  2. Selective Streams: This is directly related to your Circles. When you post something in the stream you can select exactly who sees it. It can be made completely public or you can select a particular Circle or even several Circles giving you complete control of who sees your posts.
  3. Self Promotion: When adjusting your profile you can add as much of yourself as you like thereby selling yourself to whoever is viewing your profile. Make sure when you do this you do not forget adding links to those sites you wish to promote
  4. Google+ Hangouts: This is so cool that it probably has FaceBook and Skype quaking in there boots. Who knows, perhaps Skype sold to Microsoft because they knew this was coming. When youstart a hangout you can invite up to 10 people to have a video conference and it’s absolutely free. Completely unheard of in FaceBook and you have to pay to use this feature in Skype.
  5. Sparks: Is just like your news reader. Clicking this presents you a selection of categories of what’s hot now or you simply type in your search term to find what you’re interested in.
Creating your circle is as easy as dragging the photos of the people you know into the circle of your choice. If they’re not lucky enough to be a member yet you can invite them by clicking on the ‘Add a new person’ icon on the left while you’re in the Circle page. If it doesn’t recognise the name you just type in their email address. Nothing will happen though unless you complete one more step. Click on the Home icon which will take you to the ‘Stream’ page (FaceBooks newsfeed) where you will post something making sure you share it with your new invites. Google will then send them an email of your post complete with link for them to join.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure there is a lot more to learn but considering I’ve only just joined I reckon I’ve done pretty well. Heck I know more about Google+ than I do about FaceBook and that’s alone says a lot. If you haven’t joined yet do it now because this is one social media group you don’t want to miss out on.
Have you got anything interesting about Google+ that you want to share with everybody?
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