There has been a lot of press on the HeartBleed bug recently and it is scaring a lot of WordPress site owners/admins. Since we have a popular security plugin, we are getting a lot of questions about this. So, in this article I will explain what HeartBleed bug is and what you need to do on your WordPress site (if any).read more

There is one question about SEO which seems to be coming up time and time again, so let me answer it now and be done with it. Meta Keywords are useless. No search engine uses them for any real rankings. That is why by default, there is no meta keywords input field in my WordPress SEO plugin and why I never use them. The fact that “other SEO plugins do have them” isn’t a good reason for me to enable them in my plugin by default.

Let me give you the full history of the meta keywords tag’s demise. In September 2009, Google announced officially what was already true for years back then: “Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking”. Matt Cutts explains it in a video:

 

Do Yahoo! and Bing use meta keywords?

In October of that same year, 2009, almost two years ago, at SMX East, Yahoo! announced they no longer use the meta keywords tag anymore either. This turned out to be not entirely true, as they do index them, but they won’t help you one bit.

Bing said at one point, in a guide about how to optimize your page:

“It was abused far too much and lost most of its cachet. But there’s no need to ignore the tag. Take advantage of all legitimate opportunities to score keyword credit, even when the payoff is relatively low.”

So basically they’re encouraging you to do fill it out, even though the “credit” will be admittedly very, very low. I say: don’t do it at all. Don’t waste your time. Instead of thinking about which keywords to put in that silly meta keywords tag for 5 minutes, think about your content for 5 minutes longer. Really. It’s worth it.

But I want meta keywords!!!

If you really can’t live without them, go to the WordPress SEO dashboard and enable them:

Meta Keywords in the WordPress SEO plugin

Don’t expect me to think you’re cool though. The reality is, that if you’re trying to rank for any term that’s even only a little competitive, meta keywords won’t help. You should write engaging, meaningful content on a technically well optimized platform and get good links and social engagement. That’s what builds great rankings, meta keywords have nothing to do with it.

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Since the release of WordPress 3.0, many of my clients, who have since upgraded, have found their Ajaxed WordPress comments acting a little funny.

Commenters are able to comment fine, but there pops up a little red “Error Received” after submission. This is due to an addition of one single, little, annoying line of a few characters in the wp-comments-post.php file.

==>> PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE MODIFYING CORE FILES THAT WILL BE OVERWRITTEN IF YOU UPGRADE YOUR WP SOFTWARE <<==

So here’s how to fix it…

  1. Log in to your server via your admin panel or an ftp program (we like Filezilla and Cyberduck)
  2. In your root directory find the wp-comments-post.php file and download it to a place that’s easy for you to find (like your desktop)
  3. Make a duplicate copy, just in case!
  4. Open the file and find the code line that looks like this (at the VERY bottom, next to the last line)  and remove  “exit;” 
  5. Save and upload

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, we can take care of it for you for just $35.

Good day!

We’ve entered the mobile web era several years ago and now we can observe the rapid development of the technologies related to the mobile web sphere. There is a long road ahead and a huge number of important innovations must be embodied, but even now there is a lot of successful achievements that you may start using even today.

The blogosphere in general and WordPress software are the pioneers of the mobile web and today we are going to share with you some of the best plugins that would connect your cell, tablet or other mobile device with the world of WordPress. Here you’ll find extensions that would open mobile web for your blog and will let you control your website just by clicking several buttons on your phone. Perhaps some of you will say these are not exactly the WordPress plugins in a way that we’re used to, however we believe it’s not about how you call it – it’s all about functionality. We’re sure that all of the plugins and tools presented here will greatly simplify the process of converting your blog for mobile web. Please don’t forget to share your opinion in the comments section, we really want to know about your experience of working with mobile versions of blogs – either as an editor or a viewer.

1. WordPress Mobile Edition

WordPress Mobile is a great software that detects mobile web browser and shows an interface that is specifically designed for the visitors who browse via their mobile or tablet devices. Also you can customize the list of browsers supported by this plugin.

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2. WordPress Mobile Pack

This is a toolkit that helps you to prepare your WordPress-powered website for mobile web with original mobile themes switcher, specialized widgets, device adaptation and mobile admin panels for the users. So, basically you can post on your website by using your mobile device.

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3. Mobile Admin

Mobile Admin is about adapting WordPress UI to be more user-friendly on various mobile devices including iPhone and iPod touch. Among its most essential features we should mark out the dashboard section, “manage posts” page, “manage profile” page and plugins support.

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4. WPtouch

This plugin transforms your blog into iPhone application-styled theme. By using admin panel you can customize theme’s style, making it more user-friendly for the mobile users.

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5. MobilePress

MobilePress properly renders your website for various mobile devices with the ability to use original themes customized for the mobile web. Another great thing about this plugin is that you can serve ads from some of the biggest mobile ad networks (Quattro Wireless, Buzzcity, Admob).

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6. WordPress Multi Site Mobile Edition

This is a mobile version of famous WordPress plugin which installs a theme that is specifically designed to make your website look more customized for the mobile web. It is compatible with WordPress 3.0 and later versions. Frankly speaking this is a great solution for those who want to represent their blog network on the mobile web .

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7. WordPress for Android

This wonderful plugin was created for all Android fans that want to stay in touch with their blogs via Android phones. You can manage posts, edit comments and pages on your blog via a simple admin panel created for Android users.

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8. WordPress for iOS

WordPress for iOS is quite similar to the previous item in our list, the only major difference is that this one is aimed at satisfying iPhone and iPad users. As you may have guessed, you can edit posts, moderate comments via this great software.

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9. BuddyPress Mobile

This is a WordPress theme optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, Android and some of BlackBerry devices. By installing this plugin users of these devices will see a mobile-optimized version of your blog.

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10. WPtap Mobile Detector

WPtap detects the type of the mobile browser used by the visitor and activates the theme that you have chosen for it. You may set various themes for different browsers that would speed up the performance.

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Read more about 10 WordPress Plugins for Mobile Web | Template Monster Blog by blog.templatemonster.com

 

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If you are a bit confused about SEO tags for WordPress, trust me, you are not alone!  A large chunk of our traffic on GET FOUND NOW comes from web users searching for information on how to use tags.

Many people confuse tags with keywords, which they are not. Tags offer site visitors another way to navigate content on your website via a tag cloud and quickly find topics of interest. Tags or labels are also very effective for SEO if you tag your posts correctly.

All content management systems like WordPress now use tags and most social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Myspace also use tags to identity videos, pictures, music, etc.

Tag Cloud Navigation

If you opt to display a tag cloud, which I highly recommend, tags organize content on your site by subject matter and are great for usability. Visitors like navigating around within tag clouds because they can quickly find topics of interest and save time.  When a user clicks on a tag, they are brought to a page of related posts, rather than having to wade through a multitude of posts or post archives to find related topics.

Although other SEO/WordPress pundits might not agree that tags are a popular site navigation tool, Get Found Now’s real time site stats beg to differ. We watch our tag cloud in action all day long!

Uniformity is Important for Tag Topic Authority and Usability

Uniformity is important with tags because the more posts you write under one tag, the more tag topic authority you build for SEO.  Tag pages that have tag SEO topic authority will eventually show up in the index.  However, if your not consistent, you’ll end up with a lot of useless tags that have zero topic authority as well as a messy tag cloud that will confuse your site visitors.

Tags are case sensitive, so make sure that ALL your tags are either upper case or lower case. You also want to get int0 the habit of choosing from the “most used tags” so that you build topic authority for those tags.  Let’s say, for example, that you write a post about foreclosures in North Carolina and tag your post “Foreclosures North Carolina.”  Down the road, you write a post and tag it North Carolina Foreclosures. You then write another post and tag it “foreclosures (lower case f) North Carolina.”

Well, what you’ve actually done is created three separate tag page feeds for the exact same topic and diluted your tag topic authority SEO. Not only that, when a visitor clicks on ”Foreclosures North Carolina“ within the tag cloud, only posts tagged in that exact way will show up on that tag page, even though you may have written 20 other great posts on the same topic, tagged in a slightly different manner.

Cleaning up Your Tags and Tag Cloud

If your tag cloud is messy and filled with a lot useless tags, I highly recommend that you take a step back and clean up your tags.  This may seem like a tedious task and waste of your valuable time, but the SEO and usability benefits will be worth the effort.

The tag cloud to the right (LAPropertySolutions.com) is a good example of how a tag cloud should look for usability and tag topic authority.

The owner of the site cleaned up her original tags and tag cloud with a tag plan based on post topics. New tags were created at one time under Post Tags/Add New Tags. Each post was then re-tagged using the “Choose from the most used tags feature” in edit mode.

Opening up Tags or Categories to the Search Engines

You want search engines to spider either category pages or tag pages, never both and you can choose what you allow the search engines to see in your XML Sitemap under ”Sitemap Content.”

All in One SEO Pack

Next, go to All in One Plugin Options and make sure “Use Noindex for Archives” and “Use Noindex for Categories” is checked and “Use Noindex for Posts” is unchecked.

When to Use Tags or Categories

If you publish 2 to 3 blog posts per week, open up tags to the search engines. If you write 1 to 4 blog posts per month, open up categories to the search engines. Again, choose one or the other.

If you choose to open up tags to the search engines, make sure your tag page displays a limited amount of characters per post (350-400 characters). rather than the entire post. Otherwise, the full post might be seen as duplicate content.

Setting WordPress for Tags

If you are blogging on a Genesis WordPress framework (highly recommended) or another updated version of WordPress, you can choose “Display Post Excerpts” in Archives under Theme Settings.  The content archives option will affect any blog listings page including:  archive, author, blog, category, search and tag pages.  If you are using an older version of WordPress, you can modify your archives.php or use an archive limit content plug in.

That’s my story on how to use tags for WordPress. Hope it helps!!

 

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