How to Display Popular Posts Without a WordPress Plugin

Published : 10 February 2016

Plugin PerformanceWebsite Tips 4 U currently has 25 active plugins.  Whilst this can be a manageable number, it would still be nice to be able to get by with fewer plugins to reduce page loading times.

In fact I use a Performance Profiler plugin to check which plugins might take too long to load and have thus eliminated where possible the most taxing plugins time-wise.

When this post was originally published, the Pingdom Speed Test recorded the following for Website Tips 4 U but it would be nice to reduce the load time further.

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Revitalize Old Blog Posts & Pass Link Juice to New Posts

Last updated : 1 February 2016

Updating older posts

With the benefit of hindsight, and new ideas, I often find that posts that I have written in the past, really should be updated.  Many of my archived posts continue to offer real value to my audience but there is no disputing that some of the content could do with revamping or updating.  If the content can be refreshed, then the entire article can continue to be relevant and to reflect current practices.

In fact, after using Long Tail Pro extensively to find low competition keywords, I know that many of my archived posts could do with title updates to include keywords that are much more competitive than those originally published with the post. 

So the main reasons I like to make a practice of revisiting archived posts are these: [Read more…]

How to Install WordPress on XAMPP: Run WordPress Locally

Last updated : 16 January 2016

Whenever I want to try a new WordPress theme or  make significant changes to my blog, I prefer to test it out on my own computer first rather than dabble with my live site and run the risk of crashing it for all the world to see.

Having WordPress installed locally on your own computer can save a lot of anxiety. This is especially true if you want to roll out a new version of your site. or perhaps convert it to a new WordPress theme. 

Course: WordPress for Beinners

But WordPress needs to run on a server.

When we talk servers we are usually referring to the web servers provided by hosting companies. This is where we house our live sites.  

So how can we have access to a local server?  Simply by setting up a local web server  on our own computer. This is where applications like XAMPP, for example, come to the rescue.  [Read more…]

Aweber Alternatives: GetResponse, MailChimp, Which is Best?

Last updated : 18 November 2015

Email marketing Whether you have created your own website or manage your own blog, it is of paramount importance that you have an easy-to-use email marketing tool so that you can effectively & efficiently grow your subscriber list.

The right email marketing tool can automate the whole process for you. For example, it will allow you to create an opt-in form for your site, design your email newsletter, decide when and how often an email is to be sent out to your subscriber list etc. etc..

Having a growing subscriber list, that has signed up to receive your emails, will keep you in touch with your audience on a regular basis and most importantly, encourage them to come back to your site. This is not to mention the periodic promotions that you can do once someone has signed up to receive your emailed newsletter.

Perhaps you already use Aweber and you are wondering if it is the right email management software for your internet business.

Or perhaps you are just starting out and thus looking to sign up with a platform like Aweber (affiliate link) and getting your email marketing campaign up and running.

Well let’s get started by looking at what Aweber has to offer compared to a couple of its alternatives. [Read more…]

EasyAzon 4 Plugin: Upgrade to Easy Azon 4 & EasyAzon Pro

Last updated : 30 November 2015

EasyAzon V4 PluginEarlier this year, owners of Chris Guthrie’s EasyAzon plugin needed to make a decision:  Upgrade to the newest version (EasyAzon 4) or stay with EasyAzon 3.

By the way if you don’t already own this plugin, then you can see why I now find it indispensable here for any site promoting Amazon products.

This is a tool I would not be without.

In other words, if you are an Amazon Associate, then this plugin can save you HEAPS of time!! For example, there is no need to mess with code of do any copying and pasting of code. There’s no need to leave your site, it is all done from your editing screen.

I must say that I hesitated in upgrading from version 3 to version 4 at first because 1 of my sites in particular is very heavily dependent on the tool. I didn’t want to run the risk of formats being different for my Amazon links or the risk of any broken links.  But this initial hesitation was not necessary at all!!

Once I decided to upgrade, I was firstly relieved by how easy it was to transition to the latest version and secondly impressed by the added functionality in EasyAzon V4. [Read more…]

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