Miscellaneous

7 Things Most People Don’t Know About the Google Penguin Update

Google Penguin rocked the SEO world, especially for WordPress site owners. Heck, a lot of us were still recovering from Panda – an update released a year before Penguin, then the mighty Penguin hit.
 From the get-go, there was a lot of confusion about Penguin. This is partially due to how it was rolled out. Matt Cutts, head of Google Webspam team hinted that an “over-optimization update” may be in the pipeline. Although Penguin does target sites which are over-optimized, that’s not its primary purpose.

Seven things every SEO should know about Google Penguin update

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5 International Newspapers That Use WordPress

It’s obvious that at WPMU.org we’re WordPress crazy. We advocate the use of WordPress, and are delighted when large corporations decide to take advantage of the power and flexibility provided by WordPress.

It may seem obvious that more and more media and news corporations are starting to use WordPress as their CMS given that more and more plugins, themes and developers have started to develop on this system, but there are still many big news corporations who use other CMS or proprietary systems.

We will show you some European and Asian news corporations that are run either completely or partially on WordPress.

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WordPress SEO Made Easy: 4 Tips to Double Your Traffic in the Next 30 Days

What would happen if for the next 30 days you were to focus all your efforts on doubling the traffic to your WordPress site? Most people have never thought about doing this, they just wish they could get more traffic and they keep searching for a magic formula.

But what I’m talking about is 100% focused effort on one goal that, as you’re about to discover, could literally change your life over the next year.

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7 Ways to Screw Up Your Online Presence

There are a lot of ways that other internet users can maliciously mess with your online reputation. There are just as many techniques that you can use to repair the damage they do. But let’s put all the nasty and mean people aside for a moment and think about some of the actions we may unknowingly take ourselves that lead to us screwing up our own online presence? What are the things that we sometimes do to screw up our online presence and what can we do to avoid them?
Common Things We Do To Screw Up Our Online Presence

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Design: Why You Should Be As Anal About It As Steve Jobs

Design is a good idea.
Steve Jobs didn’t say that, but he could have and might have wished he did.

After he took over Apple in 1997, the company’s entire ethos could be summed up with that phrase.

While we could argue about what “good” means in terms of personal taste and aesthetics — and not everyone likes the look and feel of Apple products — what can’t be argued is that article, a.

A good idea.

One good idea.

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Approve or Delete WordPress Comments With an iPhone App

If your email box is full of comment notifications from WordPress, you may need a new system for managing discussion on your site(s). The team at Notificare is rethinking how we interact with these notifications.

It takes time to log into your WordPress dashboard to approve or delete comments. Notificare is a plugin that works with an app on your phone to notify you of new comments on your sites. You can approve comments or mark as spam with a simple push of a button from your phone – no need to log in!

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Prime the Traffic Pump by Preparing the Pictures in Your Posts for Pinners

Pinterest is not only the latest time-suck for the 18 – 35 female demographic – it’s also proving to be a pretty good traffic driver for marketers.

From funny pictures to product images, pinboards are filling up with photos linked to articles, product details and more. And, hey – who is going to argue with free traffic and viral distribution of your content?

So, here are 3 rules of thumb for preparing the pictures in your posts so that they are perfect for pinners (As you’ll see below, these 3 rules helped me drive 420 visits in one month!):

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WordPress 3.4 Out Next Week

RC2 for WordPress 3.4 is out and in the wild.

According to Nacin, we should expect a release early next week – perhaps Tuesday.

By all accounts the latest release of our favorite semantic personal publishing software shoudl include:

Serious improvements to custom headers and backgrounds
Live previews and the theme customizer
New XML-RPC API
Internationalisation and localisation improvements

There’s a bunch of links here to items that various folk have written up.

So, hold onto your horses y’all and enjoy the 3.4 goodness, all in time for your summer (or, for me, winter) holidays.

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The Top WordPress Related Blogs On The Internet [WPMU 100, 2nd Edition]

Note: a much-improved third edition of this resource is now available — you can find it here.

It’s been nearly four months since the first WPMU 100 was released, and a lot has changed in the blogosphere since then.

I know this because I have spent the time between then and now trawling the web in an attempt to find every single quality WordPress related blog out there. The end result is a generous selection of new entries.

The Top WordPress Related Blogs On The Internet [WPMU 100, 2nd Edition]

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