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Seven Must Have WordPress Plugins You Need to be Using

WordPress has become one of the most preferred website and blog platforms for business owners, publishers and authors when it comes to building their own slice of cyberspace.

One of the main reasons WordPress is so popular, is the ease with which you can build and update your website or blog, so that it plays nicely with others without you needing a lot of technical “know how”.

Over the recent holiday break, I rebuilt one of my websites, www.SavvyWebWomen.com entirely, using the WordPress platform. This enabled me to have a real look “under the covers” and discover some really cool plugins that make the whole experience much more enjoyable – both on the front end for visitors and also, behind the scenes for the website or blog owner.

Plugins are functionality created by innovative people and are yet one more reason why WordPress continues to improve. There are literally thousands of plugins available these days to enhance the functionality and look of your website or blog. Most of them are automated making them super easy and very convenient for authors, bloggers and webmasters.

Having just built a brand new site, I thought I’d share my favourite plugins that I have personally installed and am currently using on my Savvy Web Women website.

Over the next few articles, I’ll share with you WordPress plugins you should consider adding to your website or blog and why.

Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin’s job is to generate XML sitemaps for search engines to easily find your blog. The search engine then records your sitemap in their databases. The result is faster search results for your blog and articles.

Facebook Like
With this plugin, readers can just click on the Facebook like button on your post and share that action on Facebook. You can add this on top of your post or after the post. And since this is hosted by Facebook itself, people visiting your blog need not log into their Facebook account.

WP Greet Box
There’s nothing like visiting a blog or website and being greeted by the owner or publisher. The good news is you can create a personal greeting on your site using the WP Greet Box plugin. It lets you create and show a greeting message on top or bottom of every post. Providing a personalized greeting or suggestion is a good way to establish rapport with your readers and improves your exposure.

All in 1 SEO Pack
This one is search-engine friendly. It allows you to optimise your site so search engines can easily find your blog or website. To use this to your advantage, you need to provide a Meta Title and Meta Description for your posts and pages. You may also use its advanced settings if you wish.

Yet Another Related Post
This plugin gives a list of posts related to the one displayed on the blog page where the reader is currently at. This is a good way of encouraging them to click on other posts on your site that might interest them. You can find this list at the bottom of each article.

Digg Digg
This is the plugin that will allow you to post social icons on each of your blog posts. Being a floating style, it lets your readers easily share your post with social media sites such as Twitter without having to scroll up back to the top of your write up.

WP Stats
This plugin lets you have simple and accurate stats without putting more load on the server. With this plugin, you can gather information on your page views, the most popular posts and pages, where traffic is coming from and what people click through when they leave your site. What makes this easy to use is it adds a link to your dashboard so you can see the stats is just one page.

These are only the first seven plugins that work wonders for any WordPress blog. I’ll be sharing more in another article so bookmark this page to find out when our next WordPress plugin article will be shared.

Got a favourite WordPresss Plugin that you love? Please leave a comment below and let us know.

By Wendy Moore
Copyright 2011 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd

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How to Write Blogs that Drive Traffic

by Wendy on January 4, 2011

How to Write Blogs that Drive Traffic

Blogs are everywhere on the internet. Businesses, professionals and even ordinary people with a passion for writing and sharing their ideas have joined the blogosphere. The competition today is very stiff but those who can come up with unique and engaging content reap the rewards in terms of traffic.

A blog is short for web log. It is sort of a personal website featuring shorter posts and content that is updated regularly. Unlike a website, a blog usually does not include as many features although it can also stand as a mini website. The approach, however, is more casual and personalized.

Writing blogs does not require a standard formula. But there are certain rules to follow particularly regarding proper usage of the English language. This will allow you to communicate your message clearly to your target audience and to let your readers easily understand what you are trying to convey to them.

If you’re not yet a pro at writing, keep learning the ropes to increase your knowledge. Make it a point to read articles often, preferably daily, whether they be in magazines, newspapers or on the internet. This will expose you to different writing styles, the correct use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, focus and structure. Once you get to know how to write, you can learn to follow the rules.

Your goal in writing a blog is to convey your message as clearly as possible and be understood by your readers. If you want to influence your readers, then you have to ensure that what you’re writing makes sense to them.

Providing quality content is a major factor in driving traffic to a blog. This means you have to give your readers something interesting and fresh to read on a regular basis. If you can do this, you will encourage them to return to your site the next time and eventually as often as they go online.

For personal blogs, content can be a combination of personal opinions and interesting or funny news and trivia that you think your readers will like. It can be on any topic so long as it’s worth reading. Providing more detail will engage your target audience so go ahead and elaborate. Just don’t make your post too long.

For commercial or business blogs, content should be closely related to your business niche using the appropriate keywords. It can range from details on a new product or service you’re offering and its unique features to company or industry news and events you’ve got lined up in the future. Interesting things took place during a company event can be good topics as well. Helpful information such as tips and the latest strategies you can share with your readers to solve their problems are also most welcome.

Remember that whatever content you are writing, keeping your posts light and not too serious is vital. The worst you can do is bore your readers so be light hearted and funny, if you like, to keep your readers coming back. An ideal gauge would be is this – if you’re satisfied with what you have written and the way you’ve written it, then it’s sure to appeal to others too – a great way to drive traffic back to your blog.

By Wendy Moore
Copyright 2011 Savvy Web Women Pty Ltd

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE?

You can as long as you include the following (links must be active):

Wendy Moore is the founder of www.savvywebwomen.com and creator of the Savvy List Building Blog – the information packed resource that shows business owners and entrepreneurs how to get in front of an audience that wants to buy what they are selling. To receive your FREE Special Report and weekly how-to articles to expand your online List Building toolkit, visit www.wendymoore.net.

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Blogs – Your Power List Building Tool

January 4, 2011

Blogs – Your Power List Building Tool Blog is short for weblog. A Blog is another type of website providing a more personal approach. It can serve as a person’s diary which is shared publicly on the internet. More than 133 million blogs are already online as of 2008, according to Technorati with 900,000 new […]

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