Find WordPress SEO tips, reviews of the most useful plugins and more here in a dozen of the best posts and articles about WordPress from the past year.
WordPress is not only the most popular blogging platform, but is increasingly becoming a leading website content management system (CMS) as well.
Cost and ease of use are certainly factors, but one of the important reasons is its extensibility through plugins. These add-ons make it easy to add an incredible variety of functionality to the platform, from contact forms and photo galleries to social sharing and ecommerce capabilities.
How did WordPress emerge as the leading blog platform? What are some techniques, beyond the obvious, for search-optimizing WordPress content?
Which plugins are the most popular / useful / vital?
“Drupal’s ability to adapt, adjust and change your website is powerful. Here is the list of some Drupal features important for small businesses: - Easy to write and publish new content with no need for technical knowledge. - Has a great support community, with very active forums. - Is constantly improving, with regular new releases and active development. - Easy to get a safe, advanced and robust E-commerce website.
- No proprietary licensing fees or exclusive maintenance contracts.
Using available Drupal modules, a Drupal site’s functionality can be enhanced to include Video integration, Polls, Photo galleries, Event calendars/registration, Social bookmarking, Member profiles...and so on.”
100% of brand and agency marketers are producing content
Content marketing is now a universal tactic, according to an Outbrain State of Content Marketing report, with 100% of brand and agency marketers surveyed saying they practice it one way or another. Video was the predominant form (87%), followed by blog posts (67%), articles and slideshows/photo galleries (44% each). Social media (96%) eclipsed paid search (78%) as the dominant marketing channel. A combined 82% of respondents said they plan to increase or greatly increase content marketing efforts this year.
What are the top trends in Social Commerce right now? Photo galleries (Pinterest, Lover.ly). Subscription boxes (Love with Food, Birchbox).
What are the top trends in Social Commerce right now? Photo galleries (Pinterest, Lover.ly). Subscription boxes (Love with Food, Birchbox). Daily deals are hanging in there (Groupon, AmazonLocal). Gamification is always hot, as is social sharing and referrals. Put them all together and they spell The Fancy — a new place to buy more stuff.
I got The Fancy bug after reading comScore’s article called From Pin to Purchase. The piece talks about that illusive social media fellow, the conversion. You know, 10,000 Likes on your Facebook page but only 1 sale. Hundreds of photo repins on Pinterest but not one clickthrough.
The Fancy is working to change all that by providing users with every opportunity to not just covet and share what they see on the page, but to buy it, too.
The homepage looks like a Tumblr blog. Lots of white space, large photos and almost no text. See something you fancy? (See. . . that’s where the name comes from). Click it and you get a page like this...
[This social commerce site is worth watching especially if it gains momentum - JD]
If you are an adult using the Internet, then you probably are a member of a social networking site. Research performed by Pew Internet Project’s (http://pewinternet.org/Commentary/2012/March/Pew-Internet-Social-Networking-full-detail.aspx) discovered that 72 percent of online adults use social networking sites. Moreover, 89 percent of people who are 18-29 years old, 78 percent of people who are 30-49 years old, and 60 percent of people who are 50-64 years old are social networking.
Besides conveying their thoughts and actions in text, many, if not most social network users, include images of themselves, friends, or scenic shots. Well, there is a software company that offers applications that allows you to better share your photos with your social networking friends. The company also has about 300 software applications (www.viscomsoft.com/latest/index.html) for Window developers, who want to include video capture, video/audio chat, and special effects in their Window-based software.
The company that is offering all of this is Viscom Software Company (www.viscomsoft.com) and it is contributing a wide variety of online software through viscomsoftonline.com (www.viscomsoftonline.com/). It’s free and users are not required to register to use the tools.
To put it simply, viscomsoftonline.com includes a social galleries home page. You are permitted to upload your images and people can comment on the photos as well as “like” or “dislike” them. The most popular images are exhibited on the social galleries (www.viscomsoftonline.com/) home page on the site. People who frequently post their photos on social networking sites have access to more than 20 free apps that can be accessed from the company’s social galleries that allows them to create special effects and funny photos.
For example, the free GIF Effect Maker (www.viscomsoft.com/products/free-gif-effect) permits you to make funny animated GIF images to share with your social networking friends on such sites as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr.
The Photo Collage Maker (www.viscomsoft.com/products/free-photo-collage) includes an easy to use drag and drop format and more than 100 custom frames and background images that assists in making photo collages online. The Face Off Maker tool allows you to put your head on any body and includes built-in funny body templates. A GIF Morph Maker (www.viscomsoft.com/products/free-gif-morph) tool allows you to morph a photo of yourself into your favorite celebrity. The QR Barcode Generator allows you to put a QR barcode on a photo to link it to your website. The GIF 3-D Cube Maker can assist you in creating images into animated 3-D GIFs and 3-D cubes.
Viscomsoft library of tools accessible from its social galleries also includes a Video to GIF Converter that changes WMV and MP4 video to animated GIF. With Viscomsoft help you can also create slide shows, animated text and frames or turn your photos into jigsaw puzzles.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.