Posts Tagged ‘WordPress Plugins’

BlogGlue no more love

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Some months back the developer of YARPP announced that his work was going into syndication with BlogGlue. At this point users were urged to consider switching to BlogGlue. So I did just that and signed up for a free account. At first all seemed to be good, However it has become apparent that there is some serious trouble with BlogGlue's support/maintenance as there was frequent times of Twitter & Facebook being flooded with your past blog posts.

This has happened to me on 3 occasions now, and it's has to stop! so I figured it was time to disable the WordPress plugin and the service permissions to my Twitter & Facebook accounts thinking that would have been the end of it. Well no it wasn't as for the last few days old blog posts have been appearing within my Twitter & Facebook accounts!

This posting is to serve two purposes, one being to see if there's any further interaction with BlogGlue and the second is to vent my frustration over BlogGlue. I noticed that there's no option to delete your account from them either ūüėź

Updated broken links

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I've just gone through my Blog posts and used Broken Link checker to test all the external/internal links from postings. There were a few that have disappeared of the face of the earth and some that just needed updating.

This did cause some traffic on identi.ca as I forgot to temporary disable the WP-Status.net plugin! (Oops AGAIN!) So that's all now finished and I had just over 280 links that I needed to review!:|

BlogGlue & WordPress

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Until recently I was using the WordPress plugin called YARPP This is a simple add on (for WordPress) to link related blog posts from your blog, to the display them as links below the current viewed post so should anyone reading you blog be interested they can read similar topics that you have written. The developer of YARPP has partnered up with BlogGlue to offer an extended service of allowing both related posts from your blog and of that of others (that have signed up to BlogGlue) as well as syndicating with Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn (all are optional) I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the tour section on BlogGlue to get an exact idea of how this all fits together as I'm still getting my head around a few things that as yet I've not quite got working as I expected.

The main area where I'm struggling is with the SEO scoring and in particular the area where I'm clearly at a loss is with the field titled Description

meta description

Because unless I'm misunderstanding the meaning of "Description" there's no such filed within WordPress! I'm assuming that the SEO checker is looking for meta flag of <description> (not even sure if that's how it would be represented!)

So here's the SEO checker (this can be used prior to posting)

So currently all my blog posts fail in this¬†description¬†filed, so they suffer from a poor rating ūüôĀ ¬†Anyway I'm now keen to get this resolved (yes read that as I'll be reading all about SEO!) So should you (or if already) consider using this service and would like to have me as a¬†referring¬†partner¬†then just either send me an email (details on my contact page) or use the connect function from within BlogGlue…

BlogGlue & WordPress

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Until recently I was using the WordPress plugin called YARPP This is a simple add on (for WordPress) to link related blog posts from your blog, to the display them as links below the current viewed post so should anyone reading you blog be interested they can read similar topics that you have written. The developer of YARPP has partnered up with BlogGlue to offer an extended service of allowing both related posts from your blog and of that of others (that have signed up to BlogGlue) as well as syndicating with Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn (all are optional) I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the tour section on BlogGlue to get an exact idea of how this all fits together as I'm still getting my head around a few things that as yet I've not quite got working as I expected.

The main area where I'm struggling is with the SEO scoring and in particular the area where I'm clearly at a loss is with the field titled Description

meta description

Because unless I'm misunderstanding the meaning of "Description" there's no such filed within WordPress! I'm assuming that the SEO checker is looking for meta flag of <description> (not even sure if that's how it would be represented!)

So here's the SEO checker (this can be used prior to posting)

So currently all my blog posts fail in this¬†description¬†filed, so they suffer from a poor rating ūüôĀ ¬†Anyway I'm now keen to get this resolved (yes read that as I'll be reading all about SEO!) So should you (or if already) consider using this service and would like to have me as a¬†referring¬†partner¬†then just either send me an email (details on my contact page) or use the connect function from within BlogGlue…

WordTwitPro now available

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

As mentioned in a previous post, the WordTwitPro plugin by BraveNewCode is now available. For a short period they are offering a discount to existing customers, so get in quick before this offer expires…

Err… WordPress do we have a problem ???

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I was just checking my blog for any plug-in updates and I happened  to notice that the date for the last time checked was a little old!

I need to check on another PC just to see that its not something trivial as the date/time being reported from the browser.

Oh I do use the nightly builds of WordPress so its also possible that something went a stray during the the latest commit, but I'll keep an eye to see if this remains and if so then raise the issue on the WordPress Development mailing list.

UPDATE :
This is a screen shot from my Android phone, as you can see the date is still wrong…

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Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Today I have received notice that my Google Ad-Sense account has been suspended due to a breech of terms. I first applied for Google Ad-sense back in 2008 when I first setup this blog (October 2008) during this time I've had Google's Ad-Sense ads only on my blog using a WordPress plug in called "All in One Adsense and YPN" This plugin simply places the ads within your blog and I would have thought that it was compliant. So the only thing that must have been wrong was a setting in the configuration of the Ad-Sense channels, that I setup way back in 2008!

Here's a copy of the email received to advise me of the breech of terms…

Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies ( https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-3pp-en ) and Terms and Conditions ( https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?&stc=aspe-3tc-en ). During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that it was not in compliance with our policies.

WEBMASTER GUIDELINES: Publishers may not place Google ads on pages that violate Google’s webmaster quality guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769#quality). While we've included the following excerpts from these guidelines, we recommend that you take the time to review them in their entirety.

* Make pages for users, not for search engines.
* Don't employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don't load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank.
* Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?"
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

As a result, your AdSense account has been disabled.

Additionally, as stated in our Terms and Conditions, publishers who have breached this agreement may not receive further payment. The earnings on your account will be returned to the affected advertisers. Please note that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interests of our AdWords advertisers, and to maintain the quality of the AdSense program.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I've attempted to review my Ad-Sense settings but I can no longer access the admin panel and it looks like the decision is final

So as a result there will no longer be any ads on my site! The last time I checked the balance of revenue, it was around the $55 dollar ($AUD) mark, I wonder if the strength of the Australian dollar has something to do with it! (just joking) However I must say that to get a suspension notice without any warning is not the best approach either, because then I could have reviewed the claimed breech and done something to fix it. Another thing that springs to mind is that I wasn't generating much traffic so maybe that was a contributing factor (?) Anyway it's done now, so Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Now using WPtouch Pro

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

As I was so impressed with the free version of WPtouch, I've now purchased the Pro version (CAD $29) there is much more you can do in this version (I've not experimented too much yet!)

The advantage with this plugin is that it allows mobile devices to view a faster less detailed theme saving on download bandwidth but at the same time users on non mobile browsers will see your blogs full theme.

Try it for yourself, this plugin (free version) is available from the WordPress extend plugins, just search for WPtouch and install.

For those that are observant, I have a link at the end of each blog post where you can purchase WPtouch Pro directly from this blog, now should you choose this option, I will get a small commission percentage of any sales that are processed via that link. I'm not expecting anyone to do this! but the option is there should you want to support both the developers of WPtouch Pro & my site costs. ūüėČ

Posted from WordPress for Android

Mobile theme now available

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Now that I use my Android HTC Desire for web browsing, I certainly appreciate sites that provide a mobile (cell phone) friendly option to make browsing on that given site more easier.

So taking that thought, I then set out to find a mobile solution for this blog. What I noticed was the wide use of wptouch that gives you the option to use a standard theme for non mobile browsers, but using a mobile friendly theme for mobile browsers. This is a WordPress plugin not a standalone theme, it's also available as both a free version and a pro (paid) version.

I think it looks good and has many options for additional plugins and personal tailoring to play with. Should you want the free version for your WordPress blog, simply do a search for wptouch in your plugin panel.¬† ūüėČ

Posted from WordPress for Android

WP Status.net plugin

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Because I'm subscribed to multiple social networks like Twitter, Identi.ca, Floss.pro & Stauts.net I'm still on the hunt for a plugin that will allow me to update to all those services when I post a new blog. I was recently put onto YOURLs by Brooke (many thanks!) this works fine for Twitter but only allows one service to be updated, so I've been scouring through the WordPress plugins and I have stumbled upon WP Status.net This does allow multiple instances to be updated with basic authentication and OAuth. So this post is really another test to see if it updates all four services once I hit the "publish" button! this plugin also includes the option for URL shortening via seven different ones, so there is some scope for if you do not wish to use a particular service for what ever reason you may have.

And here is the Services options…

I suppose the only way to see if it works is to publish this post! ūüėČ

NOTE: for the purpose of this post YOULs has been disabled.