Google Buzz is the relatively new social networking tool introduced by Google that has been gaining huge popularity among internet users. You can use Google Buzz for sharing photos, videos, comments, status messages and links that are ordered in “conversations” and visible in the user’s inbox. Google has integrated Google Buzz into Gmail making it easier for their users to use it.
Here, we are listing down a free collection of some creatively designed Google Buzz icons for you. The collection also contains PSD files that you can modify according to your own needs. With these icons you can set your website apart from other similar websites. Enjoy!
The reason why WordPress is preferred by majority of bloggers is due to the number of plugins available for it. If you browse WordPress plugins database, you will notice that the number of plugins available for WordPress are endless. There are plugins which help you improve SEO of your blogs, integrate social networks, submit your blogs to different search engines, manage sitemaps, display popular posts and much more. However, using too many plugins may have a negative effect on your host so it is really important that you choose the plugins which you really need.
For that purpose, we have gathered a list of some useful WordPress plugins which a blogger or website owner can use. You are welcome if you want to share more useful wordpress plugins that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com, just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and follow us on Digg as well to get updated.
Google XML Sitemaps generate special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Sitemaps make it easy for crawlers to check the structure of your site and retrieve relevant data efficiently. It notifies all the search engine every time a new post is made on the blog.
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. It helps to reduce the load on the website as well this way so that your website does not face any down time.
Digg Digg is an excellent wordpress plugin which helps users integrate different social networking buttons on your wordpress blog. It supports almost all the popular social networking websites including Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dDone, Twitter, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, facebook share, facebook like, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Google Buzz, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage and Serpd.
Wp- DBManager allows users to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. With DBManager, users can easily schedule backup and optimizing/repairing of WordPress blog.
I started using Insights few months back and I must say its an excellent plugin which every blogger should try. With Insights, users can easily find and interlink posts on their blogs, insert YouTube videos, insert Flickr images and much more.
With SEO Smart Links, users can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.
Akismet is one of the most important plugin for every wordpress users. What this plugin does is that it checks the comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Contact Form 7 is another useful plugin which helps users create contact forms for their wordpress blogs. With Contact Form 7, users can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
With FD Feedburner plugin, webmasters can redirect the main feed and optionally the comments feed seamlessly and transparently to Feedburner.com. It can easily setup new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files, or asking users to migrate to a new feed, without modifying the template of your website.
Just like All in on SEO, yoast is another good WordPress SEO plugin that helps users optimize their page titles, meta descriptions and keywords to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) for WordPress gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.
Google Analytics plugin helps u track your blog easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.
Page Navi adds better pave navigation interface to your wordpress blog and replaces older and newer posts with page numbers.
LinkWithin is an excellent related post widget which adds related posts with thumbnails to your blog posts.
EO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set.
If we missed any plugin, please share with us using the comments section below.
Creating a good content is not an easy task and most of the time you might get stuck to create something that would stand out in the crowd. Few people around always steal others ideas, and fill up their online blog posting needs but few are those intelligent guys who extract a creative idea from the same content which gets copied so many times by various people.
I recently found this illustration here which demonstrate the above situation very creatively with full of humor in it. We would love to know what you are thinking while viewing this message from Microsoft. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.
Today, we are going to take a look on few of the best of 2010 collection for designers and developers that we think you would really like to bookmark for 2011. We hope you guys will like this stunning collection of inspiration, resources, tutorials and showcases of design related stuffs. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.
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WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform where thousands of users register everyday and launch their blogs. The main attraction and comfort of using WordPress is the ability to launch a blog within a matter of minutes. While maintaining a blog it is very important to promote it on social media networks like Digg, Reddit, Stumble and a lot more. If you’re looking for WordPress plugins that automatically adds social networking buttons with every article that you write then We have compiled the perfect list for you guys.
Below are some of the most useful and popular WordPress plugins that will let you and your readers promote your articles easily.
As the name suggests Digg Digg plugin allows you to post articles on various social media networks. Currently it integrates with Digg, Reddit, Dzone, Yahoo Buzz, Twitter, TweetMeme, Topsy, Facebook Share / Like, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Google Buzz buttons, Designbump,The web blend and BogEngage. Other than that you can place your buttons according to your theme’s display.
Social Media Page is another WordPress plugin that serves the same task. Once installed you can easily add a list of links to your social media profiles on a page or post of your choice through the use of a simple tag. In addition to that a widget is also added so that you can display this list of links in the side menu of the site.
ShareThis is a very popular WordPress plugin currently used by over 850,000 sites. This plugin allows users to share content through email and moer than 50 social networkings including Digg, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Buzz and Facebook.
Offering great interface Gregarious WordPress Plugin allows seamless integration between your WordPress Blog and social bookmarking sites such as Digg.com, Del.icio.us, Reddit and more. It is the ultimate social bookmarking plugin for WordPress users.
AddToANy is dedicated to helping people around the world share, bookmark, and email articles using mutilple social networking services like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and many more. It comes with a customizable Smart Meny, which places the services visitors use at the top of the menu, based on each visitor’s browsing and usage history.
If you have more suggestion do not hesitate to use the comment box below and mention them.
WordPress is a highly popular blogging platform. Over the years the platform has seen countless improvements and today, it continues to improve the user experience it offers. Apart from being reliable and secure, WordPress offers great visual appeal through its countless themes.
Web developers have contributed a lot to WordPress by building themes for the platform. By spending time on visualizing a theme and then coding it, developers can share their brilliant blogging designs with other WordPress users. If you are a WordPress theme developer looking for a way to reduce the time spent on coding, check out the brilliant website WP-Snippets.
WP-Snippets is a free to use website with a fitting name. The site provides visitors with different snippets of code for WordPress themes. These snippets correspond to a variety of functions; ranging from “Remove Metadata Generator” to “Change Login Logo” you will find many snippets.
The snippets are listed in a tag cloud on the site’s homepage. You can use the search bar to filter the snippets and find the one you are looking for.
Clicking on your snippet will take you to its page.
The snippet’s page includes a brief description of the code. Scroll down and you will find the code itself. If any additional explanations or special instructions on how to use the snippet are required, they are included under the code.
You can share the snippet with your other WordPress developer friends via sharing the snippet’s URL or directly Tweeting it using the button provided on the top right.
In conclusion, WP-Snippets is a must-bookmark website for WordPress theme developers.
As a blogger myself, I have noticed that many people have started picking up blogging as a profession and are trying to use their talent to gain popularity. Recently, someone shared a spectacular road-map illustration on how to gain fame through blogging. This illustration was shared by Dave Walker from We Blog Cartoons and I found the illustration quite funny.
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Getting your site’s visitors to interact with one another can have many benefits. Site visitors will talk to one another and develop a site community which discusses site changes and lets you know what is going good and what needs improvement.
One way to enable visitor interaction is by providing online instant messaging features. Envolve does exactly that for your site.
Envolve introduces Facebook-like chat to your website. Through the insertion of a few lines of code, you will easily get a chat interface in the bottom right of your site like the one displayed in the image above.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy Envolve had made its usage for webmasters. The first step is to click the big green button you will see on the site’s homepage. The button says “Install it on my site.”
The next step is to enter you site’s URL and name.
After providing your name and email address, you select your site’s platform. You can choose a simple HTML based site or any one of WordPress, Blogger, or TypePad.
Each site type is basically a tab. Clicking on any tab will generate the corresponding code beneath.
In the case of HTML, the code appears as:
Clicking on any tab / site platform, will also display a short passage of instructions explaining where to use the generated code. You can see the HTML instructions and code in the images above. Clicking on the WordPress tab will display a view like this:
Like mentioned earlier, Envolve makes its usage very user friendly for site runners and blog owners. Whether you are running a massive site or a private blog, Envolve can help you in getting your audience to talk to one another. Check out Envolve.
RSS feeds are a great way to catch up on website updates. You can simply have the RSS feed view all the latest material on a site without having to look for it manually. However reading many RSS feeds can get a little too tiresome for the eyes because of the extensive reading. To ease your management of RSS feeds, give BlogRadio a try.
BlogRadio is a freeware desktop application based on Adobe Air. The tool gathers your RSS updates and reads them out for you. It uses great text-to-speech techniques to produce almost natural male / female reading voices.
To get started with BlogRadio you will first need to download it. Since it is based on Air, it is multiplatform and can be used by Windows, Mac, and Linux computer users. After installation this is what BlogRadio will look like:
(* You can resize the window to suit your monitor’s resolution and view all BlogRadio’s buttons.)
Initially, BlogRadio’s main pane will be empty. You will need to use the “Add” button under the left pane of RSS feeds add new feeds.
After you have successfully added the feed, the updates will be shown in the left pane.
You can highlight any entry and its corresponding updates will be shown to the right, in the middle pane.
In this pane, you can click on any entry and use the button under this pane to start the reading.
Each entry will take a short amount of time to load up before it can be played so you might have to wait a while, depending on the speed of your connection.
To change the voice the feed is being read in, use the “Test the Voices!” button in the top row of buttons.
This button will show you options of voice which you can test out and select.
In conclusion, if you use RSS feeds and are looking for a way to improve their convenience level, BlogRadio will not disappoint.
Visit BlogRadio @ www.podblogr.com and get its desktop application.
These days we all are noticing that thousands of new blogs are starting every day to get in the race of influential blog of the industry. But only few of them could survive and stay in the battlefield fighting with existing giants. Well, I know this is not possible to fight but yes they at least try to find their place in the market. Well, to be honest many of the blogs owners really dont know how to get the word out about them and inspire their first time visitors to come again to create a strong community.
A friend of mine Syed Balkhi at WPBeginner recently created and launched a really useful and directive slideshow to make the new blog owners lives easier than ever. As the title of slideshow says everything “I’ve Got a Blog, Now What Do I Do?”, it would be enough good if someone will really want to do something to establish their blog in decent period as after reading this you guys would not need to invent the wheel again. huh! I mean he put all of his experience and mature understanding in this slideshow to deliver the actual knowledge that anyone could wish.
This slideshow consist worth-checking 50 slides which covers decision to start a blog to setting up and launching then content selection to excellent copywriting. After this, using all the possible platforms to spread out the word about your blog like getting you active on social media e.g. twitter, digg, reddit, stumbleupon etc for getting massive feedback on your posts. In short, it has so many things that you can learn to enhance your blog’s future and increase your reader base.
I’ve Got a Blog, Now What Do I Do? – Presentation Transcript
- I’ve Got a Blog, Now What Do I Do?
The Holy Grail of Blogging
- Syed Balkhi
Founder of WPBeginner.com
- What is WPBeginner?
WordPress resource site launched on July 4th, 2009.
In less than a year, this site has been mentioned in Wired Magazine, Webmonkey, Mashable.com, Problogger.net, Smashing Magazine, and others.
Top twitter users like Robert Scoble, Darren Rowse, Jeremy Schoemaker, John Chow, Neil Patel, Mashable, and countless others have retweeted @WPBeginner.
- Right Now:
This site has a Google Pagerank of 6.
Alexa Rank of 13,000.
Over 50,000 backlinks.
Total Social Media and RSS Following of over 34,000 users.
All in less than a YEAR with $0 spent on advertising.
- To Rent Or To OWN??
Credit: Seier and Paddy
- DID YOU GET IT RIGHT?
- GOALS, GOALS, GOALS
- “A brand should strive to own a word in the mind of the consumer.”
Al Reis and Laura Reis
- Don’t make it Confusing!
- PEOPLE ARE SHALLOW!
- CONTENT IS KING
- Must Have WordPressPlugins
- All in one SEO Pack
- Contact Form 7
- WP Super Cache
- WP-DB Backup
- Subscribe to Comments
- Google XML Sitemap
- Comment Redirect
All of these plugins are free and can be found in the WordPressPlugin Directory.
- Thank YOU
- Write for the peopleNOT the bots…
Website’s don’t link to other websites. It is the people who point to other people‘s work.
- User (SEO) Friendly URLs
- Use AIOSEO Properly
- Link Baiting
- List Posts
- Contest / Giveaways
- Free Tools
- Controversy / Attacks
- Be the First (NEWS)
Credit: Toon Refugee
- BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS CAN GET YOU A BACKLINK
- SEO Checklist
- XML Sitemap
- Semantic Web Markups <h1><h2>
- Image Tags (Alt=“”)
- Limit External Links
- Increase Internal Linking (Related Posts)
- WHY SOCIAL MEDIA?
- “Word of Mouth Advertisement is the most effective form of advertisement”
- TO GET CONNECTED.
TO GET NEW USERS.
TO INTERACT WITH READERS.
- TWITTER CHECKLIST
- Custom Background.
- Good Profile Photo.
- Multiple Profiles??
- Interesting Tweets.
- Use Hashtag
- Retweet Button
- Don’t Whore Yourself.
- It’s not about the Quantity.
- Eat. Sleep. Tweet.
- SCHEDULE YOUR TWEETS
Twitter can be distracting.
Use Hootsuite.com or Tweetdeck to schedule tweets.
Twitter is the 2nd highest traffic source on WPBeginner.
Check out @wpbeginner if you have any questions related to #WordPress
Win a free copy of @templatic#WordPress Themes from @wpbeginner – http://bit.ly/aaNjVo (Simply RT to Enter)
- “Twitter Search is the best place to find new clients.”
- “Facebook is the opiate of the masses.”
- Karl Marx (Modified)
- FACEBOOK CHECKLIST
- Fan Page.
- Custom Fan Page URL.
- Custom Landing Page.
- Facebook Share Button.
- Facebook Like Button.
- Don’t SPAM other fan pages.
- DIGG. SU. REDDIT.
- THE DIGG/Reddit EFFECT
#1 Rule, don’t abuse digg or reddit.
Don’t submit your own content.
Neither Digg nor Reddit has any SEO advantages.
- “Not every article deserves to be bookmarked”
- BLOG COMMENTS
Top Commentator Backlinks.
Brand Identity due to Gravatar.
Connection with the Blogger (That’s how I met Darren Rowse).
More Exposure and Traffic.
- GUEST BLOGGING
Nice way of Stealing traffic and bringing it to your website.
- Guaranteed Exposure
Get Paid to increase your reputation and get traffic to your website.
Problogger Forums (Paid Access)
- Exchange Backlinks.
- Retweet each other.
- Guest Blogging.
- Social Media Votes.
- REVISIT YOUR GOALS
- TIME TO QUIT? (EXIT STRATEGY)
- PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL
Build TWO brands.
@syedbalkhi and @wpbeginner
Leverage them to help each other grow.
Great exit strategy and excellent for new startups.
- Who am I? How to Reach me?
Founder of WPBeginner.com
CEO of Uzzz Productions (uzzz.net)
Twitter: @wpbeginner / @syedbalkhi