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WordPress has a built in ping service that allows you to add this WordPress ping list, and have all your blog posts sent to search engines and blog directories automatically. Handy hey? Well, let me show you how to do it.
To ping a blog post simply means to send a signal to search engines and different blog directories, notifying them that your blog content has been updated. Once the ping has been sent out, the search engines and blog directories will start to crawl the new content on your blog, and index them.
In the old days, we used to wait patiently for search engine bots to crawl our blogs and pick up new changes. This took several days to several weeks. Now, thanks to pinging services, we can speed up this process by manually (or automatically in this case) send updates so our pages gets crawled and indexed faster.
By automated indexing, I literally mean that the indexing process of your blog will be automated. You see, later in this post, Ill share with you a WordPress ping list that you can paste into your WordPress website (I’ll show you how). After pasting this WordPress ping list into your WordPress website, your blog will AUTOMATICALLY ping these services every time you make a new post. This means you DO NOT have to manually ping your new blog posts, and you do not have to wait weeks for search engines to crawl your site.
Before I share the actual WordPress ping list with you, Id like to show you how to use this great feature of WordPress.
The first step is to log into your WordPress websites admin area. By default, you can go to your domain or the installation folder of your WordPress website, and simply add /wp-admin at the end. For example, if your domain is example.com, then you can access your admin area at example.com/wp-admin this might not be the case if you used a security plugin to change this URL.
WordPress Admin Login Page
Next up you need to go to Settings > Writing. This is where youll be able to paste the WordPress ping list Ill provide to you at the end of this post.
Settings > Writing
This will present you with a screen like the one below. Scroll to the bottom to find the ping list.
WordPress Ping List (Update Services)
Note: The WordPress ping list is known as Update Services in the WordPress settings page.
Now all you have to do is copy the list Ill provide to you below and paste the whole list underneath the first entry, which is by default http://rpc.pingomatic.com. Once you’ve pasted the list, simply click Save Changes and you’re all set to send out pings automatically every time you make a new blog post.
Now to get to the list itself. Below Ill share with you a list of 20+ of the best WordPress pinging services. The list have been updated for 2016, so all the ping services are relevant and up to date. Simply copy the list and paste it where I showed you.
You’re all set once you’ve pasted these. Remember to click on Save Changes and to start blogging!
The WordPress theme repository contains thousands of themes, and in this post I’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme. Its quick, it’s easy and it can be 100% free.
WordPress is a really great blogging platform, but can also be used as a fully featured website. One of the best things about WordPress is its themes. WordPress can easily be extended by uploading and installing a theme. This changes the appearance of your whole website to something more suited to your niche or requirements.
The WordPress theme repository has thousands of free themes that you can install. And thanks to the most recent WordPress updates, you can now install themes directly from within your WordPress website no need to download and upload ZIP files anymore!
If you would like to browse the WordPress theme repository, go to https://wordpress.org/themes
Although the WordPress theme repository contains many free themes, you can also buy paid themes for WordPress. These themes are usually of higher quality, and comes with additional features such as premium plugins and special layouts.
Free themes are usually very basic. These are really great for beginners if you want to touch the blogging industry without having to spend money. There are quite a few free themes with premium features as well you just have to search a little bit to find these.
Now that I’ve told you a little bit about WordPress themes, let me show you how to install a WordPress theme. There’s generally two different ways to install a theme on WordPress, so Ill guide you through both of these processing in this post.
The first method is the easiest and allows you to install a theme without leaving your website. There’s also no need to upload any files to your server with this method.
The second method is just as easy, but involves downloading theme files and uploading them to your WordPress website.
Don’t worry if these methods sound hard, I will be guiding you through both processes and Ill include screenshots along the way.
This is the first method Ill guide you through. With this method, you’ll be installing a theme from within your WordPress website. This is also the easiest method out of the two methods Ill guide you through.
The first step is to log into your WordPress admin area. This is really easy simply go to your domain and add /wp-admin at the end. So let’s say your domain name is example.com and your WordPress installation is in the root folder, you’ll be able to log into your WordPress admin area by going to example.com/wp-admin
WordPress Admin Login
Next up you need to access the Add New Theme page. After logging into your admin area, simply go to Appearance > Themes as shown below.
Appearance > Themes
The Themes page will show you all the current themes you have installed on your WordPress website. Here you can activate a new theme or customize your currently active theme.
You need to click on the Add New button at the top, next to the word Themes.
This will bring you to the Browse Themes page. On this page, you can browse through the different themes available for FREE on the WordPress themes repository. There’s thousands of great themes available that you can choose from to install a theme, simply hover over the themes thumbnail and click the Install button. If you want to see how your website will look with the theme activated before actually installing the theme, click the Preview button instead.
This step is completely optional, but a great help indeed!
The page inside your WordPress website that allows you to browse the different themes also allows you to filter the themes. This is extremely useful, especially if you have certain features in mind. You get different types of filtering options.
To access these filters, simply click the Feature Filter option in the top bar while browsing for a theme.
This will show you all the options there are to help you filter the results and find the perfect theme for your website.
Now use these filters to your advantage. Tick the boxes next to filters you want to apply to the theme browser, and hit Apply Filters once you are happy. This will give you a filtered list that only contains themes that matches your filter options.
The second option is also quite easy, but involves a bit more work from your side. With option 2, you need to download the actual theme files and upload them to your website. Dont worry Ill show you how you can upload a theme directly inside your WordPress website without having to fiddle with FTP or cPanel.
For this option, follow step 1 and step 2 from the previous option (1. Internal Theme Installation). Do not install a theme through the theme browser though follow the instructions below.
When you get to the Add Themes page, click on the Upload Theme option.
Next you’ll be presented with the built-in theme uploader. Click on Choose File, browse to the ZIP file you downloaded (The theme package) and double click on it. Now simply click on Install Now. The installer will upload the file, install the theme and then you can active the theme or preview it on your website.
As for finding zip packaged themes, you can browse the WordPress theme repository and download the themes manually, or you can buy a theme from a website such as ThemeForest these themes always come in ZIP packages since they are not part of the WordPress theme repository. You also get a How to install a WordPress theme PDF document with most of the premium themes.
I really hope this How to install a WordPress theme quick tutorial helps you out. I covered two different theme installation methods so whether you want to use a free theme or buy a premium theme you now know how to install it.
Every blogger and internet marketer knows that list building is the key to success. Building an email list allows you to profit more in the long run, and gives you the opportunity to profit multiple times from a single lead.
One of the main problems with this, mostly for beginners, is the pricing involved with top quality list builders. Yes, you can get a free trial that lasts about 30 days, but what if your blog doesn’t blow up and make enough money within the first 30 days? Or what if you have to wait for your commissions to get paid out, and that’s only going to happen next month?
If you’re in such a position, then this post is for you! I will tell you how you can turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. The best part is you don’t have to spend a single penny to do this. I will tell you about a WordPress plugin that will let you set up an entire email marketing system INSIDE your WordPress website for free.
WordPress is a truly amazing piece of software. By installing it on your server, you can instantly set up a complete, fully-functional website in a couple of minutes. This is why it’s such a great platform to use when building a list of email subscribers.
List building with WordPress is really a walk in the park. And the best part is it doesn’t matter what type of WordPress website you are running. Blogs, corporate websites, portfolios, and news portals you can build a list with just about any type of WordPress website.
Let’s start off with the requirements. I’m going to tell you exactly what you need in order to turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. Don’t worry you only need a few things and some time. Remember earlier in this post I mentioned you don’t have to spend a penny to do this.
I also recommend using a theme with a sidebar, since it increases your conversion rate when you have a subscription form in your sidebar. This is only optional though you can integrate the subscription form wherever you want to.
So let’s get started let’s turn your WordPress site into a list building machine!
The first step is to install the FREE list building plugin. This plugin is called MailPoet, and can be installed directly from the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Simply log in, go to Plugins > Add New and search for MailPoet.
Search for MailPoet plugin.
Note: When searching for MailPoet, you will see an Install Now button. Click on this button, and then Activate once installed. The screenshot above shows the search results for MailPoet after the plugin has been installed on my system.
Once installed, click on MailPoet in the WordPress admin sidebar. The first time you visit a MailPoet page, you’ll be directed to a Welcome page. Simply browse through the page, subscribe to their newsletter if you want to, and click the Continue to MailPoet button at the bottom of the page to access MailPoet.
Now that you’ve installed MailPoet, it’s time to configure the plugin.
The first step, before even configuring the plugin itself, is to set up a subscriber list. You can, of course, have more than one lists on one installation. These lists will help you filter and categorize your subscribers if you are promoting different types of offers.
Next you need to click on Add List in the top bar.
This page allows you to add a new subscriber list. Simply enter a name for your new list, and optionally you can also add a description. Descriptions are never shown to your subscribers so these fields are useful for internal use.
Click on Add list once you’ve entered the details. This will create your new list for you.
Now we move on to configuring MailPoet. Go to MailPoet > Settings to reach the settings page for MailPoet.
You should complete as much details in the settings pages as possible. This will help optimize the plugin for you. Here’s a quick overview on some of the most important parts.
Your Company’s Address be sure to complete this. This enhances authenticity, and keeps you on the safe side of the law.
Email Notifications Here you can configure the plugin to send you an email update every time someone subscribes / unsubscribes.
Sender of notifications here you can configure the details of the email sent when someone subscribes / unsubscribes.
Subscribe in comments if you use the default WordPress comment system, you can enable this option to allow visitors to subscribe to your lists when they leave a comment.
Subscribe in registration form If you allow user registrations on your site, you can enable this option to give users the option to also subscribe to your list while they register.
Link to browser version Ads a link to email newsletters so subscribers can view the newsletter in their browser should they experience any problems viewing your email in their default email client.
Here you can add new subscription forms with different fields. Creating multiple forms to test out the performance of multiple fields is a great way to find the perfect form for your website. For example, you might have one form only collecting email addresses and another collecting first names as well.
Here you can configure whether a subscriber needs to confirm their email address or not. If you enable this feature, anyone who enters their email address in your subscription form will have to verify their email address first before being entered into your subscriber list.
Here you can configure how emails should be sent. You can use the built-in feature, or an external SMTP service. Using the built-in feature is free and pretty powerful if you’re only starting out.
Here you can configure some more advance settings for MailPoet. Settings like permissions and details of the emails being sent to your subscribers.
Here you can find a variety of add-ons that you can install with MailPoet to enhance your list building strategy.
The last step is to simply embed your subscription form on your website. This is usually best done in a sidebar, but if you do not have a sidebar, you can always add your subscription form to the footer of your website, or even at the end of your posts.
The easiest way to add a subscription form to your website is to go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the MailPoet subscription form widget into one of your sidebar choices. This is quick and easy and allows you to customize the title text of your form
This will add a subscription form to the sidebar or footer of your website. The form usually fits the CSS styles of your website.
Subscription form on The Profit Blogger
An alternative option is to use a shortcode to integrate a subscription form on your website. The advantage here is that you can basically integrate a subscription form ANYWHERE on your website adding a form at the bottom of your posts is a very good idea.
To integrate a subscription form via a shortcode, simply go to MailPoet > Settings and click on the Forms tab.
Now hover over the form that you want to integrate, and click on Edit. Once you reach the Edit page, look at the bottom of the screen.
As you can see in the image above, there’s different options including HTML, PHP, iframe and shortcode options available. In this step, I’ll show you how to use the shortcode option. You can also use the other options if you choose to, but the shortcode option is easiest in this case since you’re integrating the form on your own site.
Click on the shortcode option and a new textbox pops up with the shortcode in. Copy this shortcode!
Now for the integration part you can use this shortcode in pages and posts. Wherever you paste this shortcode, a subscription form will appear. Handy hey!!
Tip: When using the shortcode integration method, be sure to add a catchy title since the shortcode will only add the subscription form and no title or other text.
So let’s see this in action. In the screenshot below, I opened one of my older posts and simply pasted my shortcode at the bottom of the post. I also added a heading that tells the user if they enter their email address, they will receive further updates.
Now when I update this post and visit it, the result is as below:
Want to test out how this type of integration works? Here’s a live preview of the integration feel free to enter your email address if you want to receive updates from my blog 🙂
I just showed you how you can turn your WordPress installation into a complete list building machine. It’s easy to do, and can help you save hundreds of dollars if you’re only starting out in the blogging or list building world. Now it’s your turn follow the steps, add the plugin and integrate your subscription form.
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On page Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important. From ensuring your content is keyword optimized to adding meta tags to your pages, it’s important to follow certain guidelines to ensure your pages rank better in search engines.
One of the many advantages of blogging with WordPress is the ability to extend your website by simply installing a plugin. And in this post, I would like to tell you about one amazing plugin that helps you optimize all your content to get your posts ranking higher in search engines.
This plugin helps you optimize your posts by giving you a rating for each post, and listing tips that will help you better optimize your content. You are also able to use your focus keywords more effectively thanks to this plugin.
Before I introduce you to the plugin, let’s take a quick overview of on page SEO. On page SEO involves optimizing the content ON your website in certain ways. By doing this, you can increase the ranking of your content, and website, in search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
On page SEO includes optimizing your content with a focus keyword, optimizing the titles of your content, as well as the body of your content. This also involves adding appropriate, keyword optimized tags to your page so search engines know what your page is about.
Now on to the plugin.
Yoast SEO is a very popular WordPress plugin, used by thousands of blogs. This plugin has helped many people, including myself, rank posts and pages higher in search engines. And the best part is its super easy to install and super easy to use. The plugin gives you clear instructions on how to optimize your content these instructions are easy to follow and helps you improve the optimization of your on page SEO.
Let’s take a quick look at the features Yoast SEO offers WordPress users.
These are only some of the amazing features offered by Yoast SEO. The best part is the basic plugin (which gives you everything you need to get started) is 100% free! In this post, I will show you how to install Yoast SEO and how you can get started with this plugin to help with your on page SEO.
Were now moving on to the installation of this plugin. Ill also show you some screenshots that will give you an idea of how powerful Yoast SEO is when it comes to on page SEO. To install and setup this plugin on your WordPress powered website, simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be ready to start writing better content in a couple of minutes.
The first step is to install the Yoast SEO plugin on your WordPress website. It doesn’t matter what type of website you have you can definitely benefit from this plugin. Remember that Yoast SEO helps you optimize pages as well as posts, so you can optimize the on page SEO of any type of content you post on your WordPress website.
To install Yoast SEO, log in to the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Next go to Plugins > Add New and search for Yoast SEO.
Once you’ve searched for Yoast SEO, click the Install Now button at the first result which reads Yoast SEO. After installing, you should click the Activate Plugin button to activate Yoast SEO on your website.
You’ve completed the first step. Great work! Now let’s move on to setting things up.
It’s time to set up Yoast SEO to ensure you take advantage of all the features the plugin offers. I will guide you through the different setting pages.
To access Yoast SEO settings, simply click on the new SEO option in your left-hand menu. This will take you to the main General Settings page. This will also expand the Yoast SEO menu for easy access.
Yoast SEO Menu Option
Yoast SEO Sub-Menu
Yoast SEO General Settings
The main General settings screen gives you an option to start an introduction tour, view the latest changes in Yoast SEO, and lets you restore the default settings. You can explore the plugin via the tour if you want to, and you can view the changes introduced with the latest update to the plugin. If you make any errors or mistakes while configuring the plugin, you can also restore the default settings.
Let’s get started with the configuration. Click on the Your Info tab to fill out some important information about your website. This brings you to the following page:
Yoast SEO > General Settings > Your Info
On this page, you should enter your websites name, as well as an alternative name for your website if you have any. You should also choose whether the website is operated by a person or a company and fill out the additional details after choosing an option. Remember to click on Save Changes after completing these fields.
Next click on Webmaster Tools to enter some verification codes to help with your websites SEO.
Yoast SEO > General Settings > Webmaster Tools
These verification codes help you easily identify your website at each of the services including Alexa, Bing, Google and Yandex. To retrieve your verification IDs, simply click on each link, complete the process and copy/paste the code in here.
You can leave both Security and OnPage.org settings as they are. Move on to the next section of Yoast SEOs settings Titles & Metas you can find this option in the left-hand sidebar menu.
Here you can set up different options involving the titles of your pages, and the meta tags generated by Yoast SEO. These settings are usually fine as they are once youve installed Yoast SEO, but feel free to take a look around. This will also give you an idea of how Yoast SEO will help you optimize page titles and meta tags.
Moving on to the Social option, you need to fill out your social account URLs, and configure settings for different social networks. Be sure to complete this as far as possible as it will greatly help you with your websites SEO and social presence.
Yoast SEO > Social Settings
Remember to visit the tabs for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ specific settings as well. These are all vital to enhance the social share-ability of the content on your website.
You can skip the XML Sitemap section if you do not need the URL of your sitemap immediately. All the default settings are pretty much done-for-you, and will automatically generate your XML sitemap.
Next visit Advanced. The first page gives you an option to add breadcrumbs to your website this is a really great feature and also helps with on page SEO. There might be a possibility that your theme doesnt support breadcrumbs though in this case you can follow the instructions given to integrate breadcrumbs manually into your theme.
If you need more information about integrating breadcrumbs manually, visit http://yoa.st/breadcrumbs.
Click on the tab Permalinks. Here you can configure different elements regarding your websites permalinks (a.k.a your search engine friendly URLs). The only option I change here usually is the option to strip the /category from category URLs. This is quite useful.
Yoast SEO > Advanced > Permalinks
You can basically skip the rest of the options as the default options Yoast SEO configures for you are usually great. You can connect your WordPress site to Google Search Console to automatically check for search errors and other Google related issues. To do this, simply go to the Search Console submenu and autenticate.
Youve successfully configured Yoast SEO to help you optimize your on page SEO better. Congratulations! You can now start to use Yoast SEO and write better content EVERYTIME!!
Let’s take the plugin for a quick text-drive. Go to Posts > Add New to start writing a new post. Then scroll down to see the new snippet widget added to the bottom of the New Post page.
Yoast SEO Snippet Widget
If you look at the Content Analysis part, you can already see the amazing power of this plugin. It instantly tells you why the content in your post won’t rank and what you can do to improve the optimization of your content.
To start off, you should enter your focus keyword. This should be the very first thing you do before you even start to write the title of your post, add your focus keyword. Remember that SEO is all about optimizing your content, and using keyword to rank in search engines. So each of your posts or pages need to be keyword-optimized.
Once you’ve entered your focus keyword, the snippet will automatically start to update as you write your post.
Below you can see a screenshot of what the snippet looks like after I added a focus keyword and wrote a couple of words. I also entered a custom meta description.
As you can see here, the snippet tells me that I do not have enough words in the body of my post. It also tells me that no images appear on the page, and that the meta description is too short. Other tips such as outbound links, page title and subheading tags also appear. These are all vital tips that will help you improve the on page SEO of your content, and rank your content higher in search engines.
The red bullet points are the most important. Take care of them first. Then move on to the orange bullet points. Wherever you see a green bullet point, it means you did good!
If you look at the top of the snippet, you will see a small tab with the word Content, a bullet and your focus keyword. This is the overall quality of the content you are working on think of it as your on page SEO score. Always ensure the quality is GREEN before posting content!
I’ve shown you how to install Yoast SEO, how to configure the plugin and how to use it to write better content. Remember that the quality of your content is important, as well as the keyword-optimization rate of your content. Be sure to write good quality content that will give value to the reader, and always ensure that you’re on page SEO rating is green before you publish your pages and posts. Together Yoast SEO and these tips will help you write better optimized content, and will help you rocket up your rankings in search engines.
WordPress shortcodes are short little text codes that instantly adds a feature to a page or post. These shortcodes are very handy when it comes to implementing sliders, contact forms and other types of content directly into your page or post. They also allow you to use different type of features without having to copy/paste long lines of code just one short little text code.
In this post, I would like to tell you that you no longer have to struggle to find the perfect shortcode. I’m going to introduce you to different shortcode plugins that will make working with WordPress shortcodes a breeze for you.
Before jumping into the plugin and how it works, let’s take a quick look at what WordPress shortcodes really are. As mentioned before, WordPress shortcodes are short text codes that adds a feature into a page or post without having to copy/paste long lines of coding.
Some of the things that can be done using WordPress shortcodes include the integration of image slideshows, video sliders, list building subscription forms, contact forms and much more. You can even style your text using shortcodes. All of this makes it really easy to create well-formatted posts on your WordPress website.
WordPress Shortcodes plugins give you the ability to add different elements directly into your posts and pages without having to write a single line of code. This is really handy imagine being able to insert beautiful buttons, tabs, sliders, videos and more directly into your posts and pages by simply clicking a button.
I’m going to reveal to you the top 3 WordPress shortcodes plugins that you can install and instantly have access to a wide variety of shortcodes.
The first plugin I want to introduce to you is Shortcodes Ultimate. Shortcodes Ultimate is a free WordPress Shortcodes plugin that gives you more than 40 professional looking shortcodes that you can instantly add into any post or page. The shortcodes can be accessed directly from the built-in WordPress text editor so there’s no need to browse to a different page while writing content.
This plugin also works with any theme, so there’s no need to implement extra coding to make the plugin compatible with your current theme. And if the plugin doesn’t offer enough features for your taste, you can always grab their add-ons to add additional features to the plugin.
Read more about Shortcodes Ultimate: http://gndev.info/shortcodes-ultimate/
Download Shortcodes Ultimate: https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/
Easy Bootstrap Shortcode is another really great WordPress shortcodes plugin. This plugin gives you the ability to add Bootstrap widgets and elements to your pages through shortcodes. One of the really great features of this plugin is the button it adds to the built-in WordPress text editor it adds a button that gives you access to all the elements you can add to your posts and pages via shortcode.
The plugin also comes with shortcodes for columns, which means styling and formatting your content is now super easy.
Read more & Download Easy Bootstrap Shortcode: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-bootstrap-shortcodes/
The third shortcodes plugin is known as WordPress Shortcodes. This is another useful shortcodes plugin that adds different shortcode shortcuts to the default WordPress text-editor. With the WordPress Shortcodes plugin, you can instantly add elements like tabs, accordions, alerts, lists and more to your posts and pages with a click of a button.
In total, the plugin features more than 26 different shortcodes. The plugin also creates SEO-friendly tabs, and provides layout shortcodes for easy formatting of your content.
To read more about WordPress Shortcodes, or to download the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/synved-shortcodes/
These three WordPress Shortcodes plugins are all really great examples of plugins that you can install to have instant access to different shortcodes on your WordPress website. Apart from these plugins, you will also find that a variety of other plugins also offer their own shortcodes plugins such as Revolutionary Slider, MailPoet and Contact Form 7. These shortcodes will actually insert a complete feature into your page, such as a slider, a subscription form or a contact form with just one single piece of code.