5 Basic Tips for WordPress Bloggers and Website Owners

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There’s so much to do when you first launch a website (and yes, a blog is a website). So, today, let’s take a look at some of the basic steps that everyone should keep in mind. These tips range from avoiding a very common WordPress security vulnerability, to basic WP plugins, xml sitemaps and some tips on getting started with social media.

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CommentLuv Premium Sale – Last Chance for Lifetime Updates License

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Here’s the scoop. Andy Bailey has just launched his “Last Chance Sale” of the CommentLuv Premium WordPress plugin for self-hosted blogs. This is a 5-day half-price sale including life-time updates, the unlimited sites option, GASP Pro, TwitterLink Pro, ReplyMe Pro and bonus plugins. I’m sure many bloggers here already own a license of this premium plugin and I sincerely hope that those of you who are still reading this recognize that I don’t normally pitch products but this particular plugin was instrumental in executing my commenting strategy to drive traffic to my website when I was a newbie blogger.

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Friday Finds – Google Plus Commenting System

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This post is part of the weekly series, Friday Finds, featuring news that deserves a closer look. Today’s finds focus on installing the Google+ Commenting system on your WordPress blog. Some well-known bloggers have been addressing this issue recently and it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Let’s take a look at 3 articles that will give you some insight on some of the pros and cons that have been raised and a little background info that I’ve gleaned after taking a closer look.

Some Simple Background on the Google+ Commenting System

FYI – you’ll find greater details by reading the articles that I’m highlighting this week but a brief recap of the Google+ Commenting system is:

  • Your visitors must have a Google Plus account to leave a comment.
  • There is no direct SEO value to using this system. (Although, there could be benefits from social signals.)
  • Comments that are left are stored on Google and are not part of your SQL database. (Google owns those comments not you. If you turn the system off, the comments no longer appear on your blog.)
  • If you switch to this system from CommentLuv, some of your readers  may be disheartened by no longer having the do-follow backlink to their blog.
  • You can run the Google+ Commenting system alongside your current commenting system. (It definitely works with the CommentLuv plugin. If you have read that there are compatibility issues with another system, please let me know.)

Ms. Ileane Smith’s Announcement on Basic Blog Tips

Ileane Smith (a well-respected blogger and early advocate of the CommentLuv commenting system) recently caused some ripples in the blogosphere when she announced that she was (at least temporarily) moving to the Google+ Commenting system and disabling the CommentLuv features of  the CommentLuv Premium plugin on her site.

In her post, Ileane makes it clear that CommentLuv is still a worthy option and she mentions that it’s a “fantastic” plugin but she also mentions that a lot of her peers have been switching their commenting systems. Ileane’s post  makes for some interesting reading along with a lively dialogue in the comments.

Kim Castleberry’s How-To Article on Adding Google+ Comments to WordPress

Most of you probably know Kim Castleberry as a respected resource. Kim specialties include WordPress and Facebook as well as a wealth of other talents. In this post, Kim provides instructions for adding the Google+ commenting system:

  • Using code
  • Using the Thesis theme
  • Using the Genesis theme
  • Using a WordPress plugin

Kimberly also addreses the question about whether or not the Google+ Commenting system has any SEO value. (Because it runs in an iframe, it does not. Although, there could be some benefit indirectly through social signals.)

Kim Castleberry’s SEO Explanation on Ileane Smith’s Blog

You may have already seen the detailed explanation that Kim left regarding the potential SEO benefit (or lack of benefit) from using Google+ comments. One conversation occurred on Ileane’s blog and it goes as such:

Kimberly Castleberry explains SEO benefit of Google+ Comments

7 Reasons for Not Replacing CommentLuv with the Google+ Commenting System

Suresh Khanal’s post Why Google+ Comment System Can’t Replace CommentLuv? builds a well thought out case for not switching from the  CommentLuv plugin (which runs on the native WordPress commenting system). He takes a closer look at the database, SEO and spam issues that are being raised.

In Suresh’s reply to the comment I left regarding SEO, he mentions how there may be some SEO benefits from Google’s system because their algorithm  counts social signals:

Suresh Khanal explains SEO benefit of Google+ Comments

Suresh closes his post stating:

I may replace native comment system with Google+ commenting system when these issues are addressed. May be there will be plugins available in near future that enters comment to the blog database in addition to submitting to Google+. Until then, I think, it will be like  jumping off a cliff into the great unknown!

Over to You:

What do you think? Have you installed the Google Plus commenting system on your blog? Do you plan to? Do you think it’s a good idea to keep the system that you’re using now and add Google+ to it? Personally, at this point, I agree with Suresh. At least for now, I’m sticking with CommentLuv Premium and I’ll continue following the discussions.

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4 SEO Tips to Optimize your WordPress Blog

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There’s lots of information about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) available and there are many SEO professionals and companies that you can hire. There are also some very basic steps that you can take on your own. It starts with knowing who your target customer/client is and how they search for you online.

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What Can You Do if Restoring Your WordPress Backup Doesn’t Work?

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Last Saturday afternoon, around 3:30, my Thesis theme for WordPress “broke”.  Suddenly, website visitors started seeing (or not seeing) black text on a black background with no sidebars. Basically, within seconds, my blog became illegible. Why? What had I done and how could I get it back?
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