Yeah, I know, that heading is a little on the long side but I just felt it was necessary because it explains exactly what this post is all about. The thing to remember about your blog is that, where advertising is concerned, there are areas on your blog that can be considered advertising real estate. These areas include the header, footer, sidebars and within the post itself. Of all the areas the ones considered most valuable are the ones above the fold. The first time I saw the term ‘above the fold‘ I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. I now know that when people talk about something being above the fold they are referring to the section of your blog, or web page, that is visible on your screen before you start scrolling down. Everything else is below the fold.
If you look at my Well Blog Me Blog you will notice that it utilizes FlexSqueeze’s Top Feature which allows you to advertise your favourite affiliates in the prime position. The only drawback is that it can take a lot of room, depending how many affiliates you’re promoting and how big, if any, your banners are.
Making The Best Use Of Your Header
I used to use the top feature on this blog but removed it awhile back when doing some spring cleaning. I decided to introduce it again after becoming a FlexSqueeze Premium Member which gave me access to a whole heap of stuff including The Feature Slider Plugin which you can see in action above. I’ve set it so that it gives visitors enough time to read each slide before it moves onto the next one. Visitors also have the choice to manually slide them to and fro.
Adding the slides is as easy as adding a text widget to the top feature area. One text widget for each slide. In my slide show I’ve incorporated images, also thanks to being a Premium Member, as well as a description with links where I’ve deemed them necessary. These links either link to one of my affiliates or to one of my posts thereby adding to the internal linking which as most of you know adds to your SEO.
At the moment I’ve only got three slides but I will be increasing them as time goes by, each slide that I add will be promoting those affiliates or products that I feel are essential to those aspiring bloggers who want to increase their online income.
Will the slider work? I don’t really know. Only time will tell but I know that having it right there above the fold will only improve it’s chances. Do you think the slider will increase my potential for making money online?
There are a lot of bloggers out there who have written a post about their ten most essential WordPress plugins, or something along those lines, and I can assure you that almost every one of them would have included in that list a backup plugin. I’m also pretty sure that the plugin most of them would recommend is Austin Matzko’s WordPress Database Backup. Heck, that was always my plugin of choice until something went wrong with one of my blogs and I had to restore my last backup
Yep, the biggest flaw in that plugin is there is no restore function. I always thought that because I had that plugin everything was sweet until I needed to restore that blog. Sure the plugin saved my butt as it at least gave me a database to restore but it took me a lot of Googling and a bit of stressful manipulation of phpMyAdmin before I got it to work. The whole time I was afraid I would do something wrong that would end up destroying it instead of fixing it.
While I have no doubt that I would be able to do it all again if necessary I would rather not put up with all that aggravation which is why I purchased BackupBuddy the complete WP backup, restore and migration plugin.
The beauty about this plugin is that you can do a backup of your entire blog which includes your widgets, themes, plugins, and SQL database. Read the rest of this entry
I have gotten a lot of emails from people who say that although they love the FlexSqueeze theme the fact that they’ve just purchased a professional theme of their own prevents them from outlaying anymore money on another one. Even so they wish their theme had the ability to incorporate professionally designed images right into their posts or sales / landing pages and, pretty please, is there a plugin or something that would allow them to have at least that portion of flexibility that FlexSqueeze has. Unfortunately I’ve had to disappoint them all by answering in the negative, until now.
Rather than emailing them all with the good news, an impossible feat as I’ve deleted most of their emails, I though the next best thing is to write a post about a plugin I’ve just purchased that will allow them to do just that. Why buy it when FlexSqueeze already has the feature built in? Well two reasons really, the first being I had to get my hands on it to give it a proper review and the second is that I got it at a really good price and you can too if you act quickly!
Before I tell you about the IM Graphics plugin I want you to know that the person behind this plugin in none other than Andy Bailey the man behind the CommentLuv plugin and so you can be assured of it’s quality and know that Andy is always there to help when and if it is needed.
In case you’re not aware the IM part stands for Internet Marketers and this plugins is best suited for those of you who are planning to sell stuff on the net. Where most people go wrong when designing their landing pages or writing posts with the intent to sell is that the end result looks so unprofessional and that alone may be the reason why their conversion rates are so low. The problem is that they don’t have the resources to pay for the images required nor the graphical expertise to design their own and that’s where Andy’s IM Graphics Plugin comes in.
I just entered that image with two clicks of the mouse and it’s these sorts of images that will attract peoples attention and help them to focus on what you’re saying. Now I
know there will be some of you who will say that they could do the same thing using the WordPress media library but comparing that to the IM Graphics plugin is like comparing a beat up Volvo to the Brabus Mercedes 800E. They will both get you to your destination but you will get there a lot quicker and with a lot more style with the Mercedes.
I don’t know about you but I am a busy bloke and I don’t have the time to fart arse around. This means if I have to spend a couple of bucks to buy something that will save me time then I will do it. Spending money wisely in order to make yourself more productive is what good business is all about because you can use the time saved being more productive hopefully resulting in more money in your pocket.
If you’re not a proud FlexSqueeze owner and you want the ability to use professionally designed images to make your posts, pages or landing pages stand out from the rest then this is the plugin you’ve been waiting for.
I’m not kidding, you have less than a week to get this plugin at the ridiculously low price of $27. That’s a whole lot better than having to pay $97 which is what the plugin will cost you if you miss out on this great deal. I know how many people are kicking themselves today because they missed out on getting the premium CommentLuv plugin and the special price and ended up paying full tote odds for it!
The Price Includes Professional Images
That’s right, not only do you get the plugin for 27 bucks, Andy has also thrown in a whole pile of quality images to get you going. Watch my video just to get an inkling of some of the images included or follow the link to the IM Graphics plugin page to get an even better idea. The best thing is that you also get the PSD images which will allow you to edit them with complete ease with PhotoShop.
which are also completely editable. Have you ever noticed when you try to enlarge and image or manipulate it in some way how the quality deteriorates dramatically? Well it won’t happen with vector graphics! Like the page says “The Vector Graphics Pack not only contains the layered vector files for each image, but it also contains a fully commented HTML file with all the HTML and CSS needed to quickly create your own professional squeeze pages. Simply copy and paste the code into your sales page and add your content!” This means that even if you’re not a FlexSqueeze owner, if you have access to a HTML editor then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to creat your own sales page.
Anyway, I’ve uploaded those files to the plugins image directory so I can show you how it easily manages all your file directories of images.
If there is anything lacking it would be this. Andy, if you’re reading this it would be great if you could incorporate the facility to add a link to an image so that it would link to the product or whatever is being offered. Until then if anyone needs help with doing it manually I’ve included it in my video.
As far as ratings go I give the IM Graphics plugin a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. If Andy was to include that nifty little feature then I would gladly change it to a 5 star rating.As to the graphics pack, that’s a great deal having it included with the plugin but I wanted something more and so I bought the Ultimate Squeeze Page Vector Pack and it’s great that the plugin allowed me to incorporate those images into it.
Is this something that you could use? If not what is it lacking that would cinch the deal?
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