101 WordPress Tips

Tip51-Tip101

51) Use a plugin that checks if your website was linked to on social media
You might not want to add the big bulk of buttons that encourage people to "Digg" or recommend a website using social media websites. You can instead use a plugin that searches for existing recommendations and links to them so that people will be encouraged to join the bandwagon.

52) Use Digg and other social websites as testimonials
Why should people read your blog? People want good to excellent content. Why should they spend their time on your blog? Well, you can show them why be adding a widget that showcases your most talked about/dug posts. They will serve as both a pointer to quality content and as a testimonial for your entire blog.

53) Write in one, write in all
You can use various plugins that will synchronize or that will post something you wrote – either in your blog, in a website, in a social media website, etc, on your blog or on the social media website you're on. This will allow for legitimate cross promotion and it will save you time.

54) Add your Twitter feed to your website
You aren't always available on your blog – it takes too much time administrating (deleting spam and harmful comments, writing and editing material, etc). One way for you to provide constant content on your blog is to showcase your Twitter feed – it will fill in the days without updates or new comments.

55) Use a plugin to post links to your latest posts on various websites
You can use a plugin that will allow you to publish an enticing text with a link to the latest post you published, on various websites. There are dozens of websites, and it will allow you to reach almost every type of internet user. Why force people to track an RSS feed when they can track their favorite website?

56) Allow users to e-mail and download your article easily
Sometimes you need to let that traffic go. If people like something and they want to share it, you need to allow them to do so easily – otherwise, they might give up. Allow users to print, e-mail and download your article (in various formats) easily. You're investing in future traffic.

57) Do you use social websites? Allow your users to do the same
If you already have a plugin that allows users to submit your articles to various websites and social websites, and if you already have a plugin through which you can submit your articles yourself, you also need to allow users to vote on already submitted articles without leaving your blog.

58) Track what people say about your blog
People rarely comment on the quality of your blog "to your face". They usually post those reviews and comments on their own blogs and social media websites – they rarely venture outside of those comfort zones. Use a plugin to keep track of those posts and reviews – you will be able to perform a quasi-survey that way.

59) Interact with your readers on a more personal basis
In order to attract new readers and to sustain and enhance the connection with your current readers, you need to interact with them on a more 1 on 1 basis. You can use plugins which turn WordPress into a social media website – you'll be able to send private messages and friendly people.

60) Keep people on your website – supply what they need
You can and should use certain themes and plugins which basically supply all of your readers' needs. You can be both MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and a website – all in one. And the best thing about it is that it will create a tight-knit community, and allow users to create content.

61) Use WordPress' URL shortening service
Shortened URLs are used by a lot of bots and spammers to make people enter websites they don't want to enter, so using shortened URLs sounds bad. But the new WordPress service takes care of spammers and allows you to get targeted traffic while saving precious space.

62) Avoid bulky page management – install a plugin
Too confused and hassled by how WordPress allows you to manage your pages? You can install a plugin that will allow you to reorganize pages quickly and easily, using various categories – or either via a WYSIWYG editor. It will allow you to move old "timely" posts to the front page.

63) Add a drop-down menu to your admin area
Managing your website is tough – especially when you have a lot of users and a lot of different blogs, websites, and social media websites' accounts. WordPress' user interface isn't "bulk" friendly. A drop-down menu will allow you to edit a lot of articles quickly and without much hassle.

64) Add a user login to your website
If you'll add a login interface to some pages in your website it will intrigue your users, and it will allow you to provide privileges to other users – usually, ones that advertise your blog plenty of times. There's nothing like a "Do Not Enter" sign to get people interested.

65) If you post a lot of videos on your blog, use a good theme
If most of what you do with your blog consists of posting videos and commenting on them, instead of embedding them every time, you can install an interface/theme that will make your blog look like a video website, or a video rental website, making it more attractive and easier to use.

66) Use a theme that is content-specific
Do you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again? Are you posting or commenting on the same type of content all the time? Do you want to target the appeal of your blog? you can do that by using a theme that makes your blog look like it – either a video website, news website, etc.

67) Do you want readers from a specific location? Use widgets & plugins
If you are interested in readers from a specific physical location – either a country or region, etc, you can use widgets and plugins that are tailor-made for them. Things like a weather forecast widget for that specific physical location, new movies to see widget, event calendar widget, etc.

68) Want to attract people to your articles? Use a magazine theme
By using the tested theme of a magazine you are providing people with a strong and attractive title, an excerpt or summary of the article, and a big, crisp and attractive image that is related to it. It gives readers enough data to decide if they want to read your posts or not.

69) Want to merge your blog and your website? Now you can!
Why get stuck with the hassle of taking care of two websites? You can just merge them and enjoy the best of both worlds. You can use a theme that showcases your bio and your company's' bio at the top, with eye-grabbing photos, but users will still be able to comment on articles and interact with each other.

70) Want to grab people's attention? Use a news interface
A new interface or theme allows you to showcase the beginning of an article and a small photo next to it. It is ideal for showcasing a lot of short articles per page, and for grabbing a user's attention. Deliver the users all the data that they need – it's a fast world nowadays.

71) Someone is riding your wave? Use API to take care of it
Some people use trackbacks in order to comment on a blog post – it allows them to leave their content on their own blogs, and it allows them the freedom to control it. But they sometimes do it in order to get free referrals – use Akismet or other programs together with WordPress' API to fix that.

72) Make links understandable
Avoid numeric URLs – as much as you can. They tell the reader nothing. A descriptive URL can become a hassle length-wise, but if you keep it concise, it shouldn't be a problem. It will also allow search
engines to give you a much more fitting placement in results.

73) Stay ahead of the crowd
Do you want to make your blog shine? Do you want to make your blog unique and attractive? Then you need to keep track of updates and new abilities and use them to your best advantage. That way you will never get stale, and it will show users your blog is very active.

74) Exchange links with related blogs
Check to see which users comment a lot, and if they have a blog. Also keep track on who trackbacks a lot to your blog, and if they provide good attractive content with those trackbacks. Ask them if they want to exchange links – that way you'll achieve targeted advertising.

75) Submit your blog to search engines
Don't wait for search engines to find your website. It might take too much time. Submit them – as long as you have decent content and you're not just trying to get traffic revenue by doing nothing, you will probably get included. There are a lot of search engines so they keep trying to be more extensive than the others.

76) Add basic website pages
It might seem weird on a blogging system, but you need to add the famous website-specific pages. You're not the only content provider on the internet – far from it. So you need to entice people – make an FAQ page, an About page, a Contact page and a Help page.

77) Text? That's so last century
Even with today's technologies and customization abilities, and the ability to embed almost anything, you're still blocked by one big hindrance – text. You need to make your website available as an audio as well – there are plenty of plugins that do that, or you can narrate your articles yourself.

78) Assist people with bad eyesight
You don't want to alienate a certain portion of your readership or potential readership. There are a lot of people with eyesight problems – all over the world. You can help them by installing a plugin that reads to them what they wrote as they write it. E.g. FlameReader.

79) Keep your site up-to-date – even the comments
You want to attract people to your newer timely blog posts – you want to center the attention and the discussion to that place. One way of doing that is by disabling the ability to comment on old posts. Sometimes a post achieved all it could achieve comment-wise, and it's time to let go.

80) Don't overdo it
You want targeted traffic – not all of the traffic. Targeted traffic will stay longer and will be more beneficial in the long run. If you post on various subjects, separate them into several blogs based on categories. Also never mix two languages unless you're teaching them using your blog.

81) Focus everything in your admin area
You can use several plugins which allow you to administrate your blog from the admin area. Keeping it centralized helps clear the clutter and keeps things organized. You will be able to respond to all the comments from the admin area, instead of visiting each and every post and commenting there.

82) Use shortcuts and macros to automate things
You can use macros – prerecorded actions, and keyboard shortcuts in order to shorten the time it takes you to perform a certain action. Some things require attention, but not YOUR attention. Why spend time on a mundane day to day actions such as advertising posts and adding permalinks when you can do it automatically?

83) Mass edit
Instead of editing posts individually you can mass edit your articles – from within WordPress. You can also use macros for that. Do you want to change publication dates? Tags? Well, now you can. It will help you make the site dynamic and timely, and increase the potential of each and every post.

84) Use desktop blogging clients
Desktop blogging clients come in various shapes and forms. Some are online, some for the desktop and some for a mobile phone. They offer you various interfaces and the ability to blog quickly without having to load up the blog. It will save you time and help you be the first to blog about breaking news.

85) Have a terms of service page. Set the tone
You want to attract a certain type of person to your blog, and you want the others to stay away. If you'll start censoring people based on what they feel is a whim, you will get a bad reputation. You need to have clear do's and don't.

86) Add content. Don't just cover content.
Websites that report things or that just cover certain content are a dime a dozen. You don't want to just be another one in a pack – invisible. You want people to be drawn to your website, even when you don't update. You need to create exclusive content – like games, quizzes, etc.

87) Have a weekly or monthly summary
Some people don't find the time to read blogs until the weekend. You need to cater to those people – you also need to cater to the people who aren't interested in reading a long post. Summarize your blog posts or the events you talked about at the end of the week or month.

88) Shorten your actual URLs
Sometimes WordPress – in order to be descriptive – gives blog posts long URLs that resemble a file's location – in a directory that is in a directory, and so on. You can use plugins that will shorten your URLs and make them more memorable – making them easier to share or to go back to.

89) Don't rely on WordPress – edit your meta-data tags
Your meta-data tags are a descriptive way in which you can attract certain users and readers. But meta-data is generated automatically or not at all. Search engine bots will see what information – you need to optimize it in order to achieve targeted traffic. You can do that by editing code or by using a plugin.

90) Organize your blog, so that a web crawler will scan it more easily
You want to get as much traffic as possible – preferably targeted traffic. To do that you need to take care of the clutter on your website, you need to organize posts by categories, you need to link posts that talk about the similar subject together. "Pave" the way for the web crawler.

91) Give as little information about your system as possible
By leaving standard information in your blog and in the WordPress code, you are leaving an easy opening for an attack. People search for certain strings and once they find them, they search for certain holes and exploits. They are relentless in their attempts to harm blogs and websites. Don't give them that pleasure.

92) Protect your website
You want to keep some data secure – you want to be the only one that can see it, or you want only you and a certain select few to be able to view it. To avoid content leaks or exploitation you need to lock down certain folders – change their properties.

93) Keep your privileged members area confidential
You need to keep the content you keep in your privileged-members-only area confidential. You don't want regular users finding it just because you forgot to add a small text file to your blog – the robots.txt file. There you need to specify to every web crawler what NOT to read/search.

94) Use thumbnails instead of full pictures
Do you take pictures and when you post them on your blog you resize them? Why? Do you know that the entire high-resolution picture is loaded? If you're going to resize your photos, why not do it before uploading them to your blog? The readers will have less to download, making your website download faster.

95) Avoid HTML, BBCode, and other scripting languages in your comments
If you're trying to have a certain look or design in your blog, or even if you want to avoid security holes, you need to disable scripting languages in the comments – as much as possible. It will also prevent people from abusing your blog for self-promotion and attention.

96) Create a mobile version for your blog
Nowadays when people are always on the go they want to have the ability to read your blog in small chunks, whenever and wherever. You need to accommodate that need – think about using a software to automatically create a WAP website for mobile phones. Maybe just a barebone one.

97) If you're using adverts, don't place them between the comments
For advertising people that placement might seem ideal – it sometimes looks like a real comment, it can't be avoided, it is in a location that people often read, etc. But those traits are the same ones that will drive people far away from your blog. Avoid obtrusive advertising.

98) Customize your error pages
When users encounter an error you don't want to present them with a generic text – especially if it's very long and filled with tech-speak. Customize your error pages with friendly "Don't Panic" style messages, with links that point to additional help – either FAQs or e-mail addresses.

99) Protect your data against direct linking
By directly linking to photos and other content that you created, people can use them without having to host or create them. That way you are left with the burden of traffic from people that never reach your website. People basically hijack your attractive features and steal the attention you deserve.

100) Use your RSS feed
Don't just let your software automatically generate your RSS feed. Use it to give people updates and recommendations regarding other blog posts you have – things you won't be able to post on your regular blog because they would clog it up. Use your space wisely.

101) Make sure you have the most up to date version of WordPress
Word Press is constantly upgrading and improving. Make sure you keep your version up to date so you can take advantage of ALL features offered.

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