8 WordPress Plugins for Search Engine Optimization 1386

Who doesn’t want to rank well in Google search? Good Ranking can bring lots of traffic which any website owner will look forward to. Unfortunately, it’s not something that you can achieve easily. For some people, it takes months or even years of active work. I’m not saying it’s impossible. You just need to put efforts on a daily basis e.g. writing unique and fresh content. But even if you can’t maintain site regularly you can still use some WordPress plugins to make it search engine friendly. I have made a list of some good plugins that can help you with search engine optimization.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
    This is one of the best free SEO plugins for WordPress. It allows you to set a template for any page title and description. You can also set an indexing option for a particular page. Keywords, description for any post/page is customizable. You can preview to see how it will appear in search engine. Other important options that are also available with this plugin: internal linking, breadcrumbs, permalinks clean up, RSS enhancement, etc. I believe this is a must-use plugin for any WordPress site.
  2. All-in-One SEO Pack
    This is a light-weight SEO plugin. It allows you to set a title, list of keywords for any template page. You can also add a custom box for each post/page. It’s very important that you define tags and categories while publishing a new post/page because All-in-One SEO Pack can convert these into keywords automatically.
  3. Google XML Sitemaps
    This plugin creates a sitemap for you so major search engines e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing can crawl your website content easily. If you publish new content it will automatically notify search engine as well as update the sitemap. You can also choose what to include in the sitemap.
  4. SEO Ultimate
    This plugin comes with different modules to help you optimize your site. For example 404 error, canonical URL, permalinks, share options. You can also customize the meta description, meta keywords, robot tags and so on.
  5. Google Analyticator
    This plugin allows you to connect Google Analytics to your site. But there are so much more that you can do with it. For example Monitor site usage, Monitor top views, referrers, searches, and Track download link, event, site speed
  6. Google Analytics Dashboard
    This plugin allows you to view Google Analytics data on your WP Dashboard. You can also embed parts of the data into your post.
  7. Smart SEO by CodeCanyon
    This plugin allows you to easily optimize your website. You can set title tags, description, alt text, etc.
  8. SEO Helper
    This is a light-weight SEO plugin for WordPress. This plugin automatically checks your draft, post or page and make suggestions on how you can improve it for a better search result.

How to Sell Ebook from a WordPress Blog Using Free WP Shopping Cart Plugin 743

Selling e-book is easy if you know how to do it. My last e-book “How to Sell eBook from WordPress Site- The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to selling eBooks from Your Site” was appreciated by many people. But the people who want to sell e-book for the first time might find it harder to follow any premium WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin. Even Many people may not know that they can sell e-book from their WordPress blog using a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin.This e-book “How to Sell ebook From a WordPress Blog Using Free WP Shopping Cart Plugin” is the simple version of my last e-book.

How to Create a Pay per View Video Website 1297

Selling Pay Per View content online is very profitable. It allows your customer to access content for a short period of time. The good thing about Pay Per View content is you don’t have to worry about the security of the product as you are not giving away any product. The content is on your site. You are just giving certain content access to your customers temporarily once they pay for your content.

So how does Pay Per View Content work?
A customer lands on your product page where you have the pay per view content (e.g. videos). The customer chooses one and pay for it. After the payment he/she gets redirected to your site and can access the video.

In this tutorial I’m going to show how you can setup the pay per view content with WP eStore, a very popular WordPress shopping cart plugin.

Configuring Pay Per View Content with eStore

  1. First we are going to create a normal HTML page with a video in it. We want our customers to come back to this page once they successfully pay for the video. Sometimes It’s really easy to navigate to a WordPress page by clicking on different links on your site. But we don’t want anyone to discover this page. That’s why I just created this static HTML page and uploaded to my server.
  2. Now let’s configure a product which will be used to charge payments from the customers for this video. So click on Add/Edit Products under eStore menu on your WordPress Dashboard.
  3. This is how the Add/Edit Products menu looks like –
  4. You need to enter a name and price for the product (e.g. video)
  5. Now go to the Digital Content Details section. In the Digital Product URL field you need to enter the URL of the page where you have the video. Check the Pay Per View Content option (that way the plugin will know what type of product this is).
  6. After you save the product, it will be assigned with an unique product ID which you can see at the top of the page. You will need the product ID to use within the shortcode later.
  7. To find the product ID of any product you have configured so far you can go to eStore->Manage Products.
  8. Now that we have configured one product we are going to create a page and place an Add to Cart button on it. We need to use the following two shortcodes on that page –
    The first one creates an Add to Cart button for the product ID – 33 ( the one we just configured) and the second one display the items in the shopping cart once the Add to Cart button has been clicked.
  9. Once we publish the page we can see an Add to Cart button on it.
  10. Now Let’s create a Thank You page where your user will be redirected to once they make a successful payment. You can place the following shortcode on this page if you want to deliver the URL of the video page to your customer via Thank You page.
    Don’t worry the page URL will be encrypted so the customers won’t know know the actual URL of the page.
    If you publish the page you won’t see any page link. The page link will be only visible after anyone purchases the product.
  11. Now Let’s go to settings (under eStore->Settings).
  12. There are many things that you can customize in the General settings. I’m just going through the basic settings. The first thing you need to do is specify the URL of the Thank You page in the Return URL field. It will allow the customer to be redirected to the Thank You page after making a successful payment.
  13. Make sure to keep the following checkboxes checked –
    a) Use Automatic Post Payment Processing – Which allows the plugin to do post payment processing (e.g. sending out email to the buyer with the encrypted video page link).
    b) Use Automatic Customer Record Removal – The plugin will delete the customer record from the database if refunded.
    c) Enable Transaction Result Display – Allows you to display the encrypted page link on the Thank You page after a successful payment.

14.Once you are done click Update Options at the bottom of the page.

  1. Now go to the Payment Gateway Settings tab at the very top of the page
  2. If you want to display the encrypted video page link on the Thank You page you need to also specify the PDT Identity Token under the PayPal Settings. (please click here to learn how to retrieve the PDT Identity Token from your PayPal account)
  3. Now that we have configured the settings we can now go back to the Test Product page to do a test purchase and see how everything goes. First click on the Add to Cart button. You will see that one item has been added to the shopping cart. You can now click the Checkout With PayPal button to proceed to the PayPal payment page.
  4. After the payment your customers will be redirected to the Thank You page where they will be able to click on the encrypted page link to go to the video page. The seller and buyer will also receive separate emails containing the transaction details.
  5. Once the customers click on the link they will be redirected to the video page.

As you can see that the plugin has masked the actual URL of the page so that the customers don’t know the URL of the page. Even if the customers copy the mask URL for later use they won’t be able to view it until they pay for it again.

22 Secret Tips and Tricks to Protect WordPress Admin Panel 257

Most of the people give importance on the administration area as it is a place that needs to be secured. As the day goes by, the chance of unauthorized access to your blog may increase. To find this solution I have included a short overview of some tips from different sources to help you protect your admin area.

  1. Rename and Upload the WordPress Folder
  2. Extend the file wp-config.php
  3. Move the wp-config.php file
  4. Protect the wp-config.php file
  5. Delete the admin User Account
  6. Choose strong passwords
  7. Protect the wp-admin directory
  8. Suppress Error Feedback on the Log-In Page
  9. Restrict Erroneous Log-In Attempts
  10. Keep Software Up to Date
  11. Create Custom Login Links
  12. Limit Login Attempts
  13. Use Secure SSL Login Pages
  14. Password Protect WP-Admin Directory
  15. Limit Access via IP Address
  16. Never use “admin” Username
  17. Remove Error Message on the Login Page
  18. Use Encrypted Password to Login
  19. WordPress Antivirus Protection
  20. Stay Updated with the Latest WordPress Version
  21. One Time Password
  22. WordPress Firewall Plugin

How to turn your WordPress Site into a Digital Photo Store and Sell Photos Securely 654

Do you want to turn your wordpress site into a digital photo store so that anyone can purchase photo?Do you want to sell photo securely with an automatic system? In this video tutorial I am going to show you the easy steps to do it.

First, install the nextgen gallery plugin and WP eStore plugin on your wordpress site.

There is a template file called “gallery-wp-eStore.php” in the view directory of the eStore plugin. You need to upload it to the ‘view’ directory of the NextGen gallery plugin.

After that you need to look at some basic settings of eStore plugin. The default settings are fine but you may want to customize some settings. I am showing you some basic settings to get you started with this.

Once you customize the eStore settings, you can go through the following four steps,

  1. Adding a New Gallery
    Simply create a new gallery and upload images(which you want to show the visitors as thumbnail, not the actual images) to that gallery. Once you are done, upload the actual images (which you want to deliver to your customers after they purchase) of those thumbnail (e.g. nature1.jpg, nature2.jpg) to any directory of you website ( I have not shown this in the video tutorial though).
  2. Add Products to eStore
    After you upload images to the gallery, add those images as products to eStore. Note that while adding images as products, you will have to specify the URL of the actual image in the “Digital Product URL” section( not the thumbnail image URL) even though I put the thumbnail image URL in “Digital Product URL” section as an example in this video tutorial. This way you can prevent people from stealing your actual photos. Suppose, your actual image is 800 x 600 pixels and its thumbnail version is 200 x 150 pixels. when anyone visits your photo product page, they might be able to steal the “thumbnail image” but not the actual one as only eStore plugin knows the specific URL of that actual image.
  3. Creating a “Add to Cart” Button
    In this step you need to create a “Add to Cart” button for the specific images.
  4. Showing the Content of the Gallery on a Product Page
    The last step is to show the content ( e.g. images) of the created gallery on a product page where your visitor will be able to purchase from. Once anyone purchases any image from your “Product” page seeing its thumbnail version, eStore plugin will send an email containing the encrypted download link of the actual image to that customer after the payment processing is done.

Alternate Method
If you have thousands of photos that you don’t have time to configure manually this method will be suitable for you. In this method you need to configure only one product in eStore and you will be able to use that product as a template for other photos.

How to Implement The Alternate Method (For Buy Now button)
There is a template file called gallery-wp-eStore-auto.php in the view directory of the eStore plugin. You need to upload that file to the view directory of the nextgen gallery plugin (nextgen-gallery/view).

  1. Configure a product in eStore for a photo like the first method. Note the ID the product you just created. Now go to eStore->Settings->3rd Party Integration tab. Under the NextGen Gallery Settings section there is a field Product ID to be Used as a Template. Enter the ID of the product (that you want to use as a template) here. Update the settings.
  2. Go to Add Gallery/ Images under Gallery and create a new gallery (If you haven’t created one already). If you have already created a gallery then go to Manage Gallery. Start uploading images.
  3. Now Go to a page/post and use the following shortcode to show the photo gallery with Buy Now button –

How to Implement The Alternate Method (For Add to Cart button)
There is a template file called “gallery-wp-eStore-auto-addtocart.php” in the view directory of the eStore plugin. You need to upload that file to the view directory of the nextgen gallery plugin (nextgen-gallery/view).

  1. Configure a product in eStore for a photo like the first method. Note the ID the product you just created. Now go to eStore->Settings->3rd Party Integration tab. Under the NextGen Gallery Settings section there is a field Product ID to be Used as a Template. Enter the ID of the product (that you want to use as a template) here. Update the settings.
  2. Go to Add Gallery/ Images under Gallery and create a new gallery (If you haven’t created one already). If you have already created a gallery then go to Manage Gallery. Start uploading images.
  3. Now Go to a page/post and use the following shortcode to show the photo gallery with Add to Cart button – Replace the Gallery-ID with the actual ID of the gallery (e.g – 1 or 2)
    Add to Cart photo display with products added to the cart
    Once you are done with setting up any of the above methods, you will be able to sell photos from your site.

How to Sell MP3 from a WordPress Site 619

Few weeks ago, someone sent me an email appreciating my ebook on How to Sell ebooks from a WordPress Site. He has been looking for an easy solution to sell ebook from his WordPress blog for a long time and he found my ebook very helpful. Now, he wants to launch a new website to sell mp3 and he was wondering if I had a tutorial for mp3 selling scenario.

Hopefully this video tutorial on how to sell mp3 from your WordPress site will be of some help to him and other like minded readers of this site.

This step by step video tutorial covers the following five main sections:

Uploading and installing the required plugins
Adding/Creating a product for your mp3
Creating a simple sales page to display the track preview and the product
Creating a “Thank You” page
Plugin settings configuration

Customizing WordPress with JQuery 203

  1. WordPress & jQuery Contact Form without a Plugin
    In this tutorial, you will learn how to use a custom page template to create a contact form in WordPress without a plugin.

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  1. Adding Form Validation to WordPress Comments using jQuery
    In this tutorial you will learn how to do some instant checking on an example comment form with jQuery.

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  1. Using jQuery to liven up your WordPress Login
    In this tutorial you will learn a quick method of simplifying the clients login process using a jQuery lightbox.

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  1. Fetching posts in WordPress with jQuery and AJAX
    In this tutorial you will learn how to allow site visitor to load posts from a certain category into the same part of the page via AJAX.

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  1. Use jQuery to Jazz Up Your List of Latest Posts
    This article shows you how to display a list of the most recent or popular posts in their sidebar.

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  1. How To Create Tabs Using jQuery
    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a tabs section within the sidebar themes.

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  1. How to Highlight Search Terms with jQuery
    In this tutorial you will learn how to highlight the search terms with jQuery.

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  1. Including jQuery in WordPress (The Right Way)
    In this tutorial you will learn how to include JQuery in the wordpress theme. You will be able to load up jQuery in your theme without any conflict.

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  1. Create an Attractive jQuery Menu with Fadein and Fadeout Effect
    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a jQuery menu with Fadein and Fadeout effect.

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  1. Display a Random Post (with AJAX Refresh)
    In this tutorial you will learn how to show a random post with Ajax refresh.

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18 Amazing wordpress plugins 244

Plugin makes you comfortable with blogging with its different features. Here is a list of some amazing plugins which are worth using on your wordpress site.

  1. Akismet
    It is a popular plugin that people use on their wordpress blog as it blocks most of the spams.
  2. Google XML Sitemaps
    Some of the main features of Google XML Sitemaps include- Creating a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress site, Supports all the wordpress generated pages and with editing or posting an article, different search engines get notified about that.
  3. All in One SEO Pack
    This plugin gives you SEO integration for wordpress e-commerce site.
  4. Contact Form 7
    This plugin manages all the forms together in a place on your wordpress site.
  5. WordPress Database Backup
    This plugin gives you backup of your wordpress tables within the same database
  6. Google Analytics for WordPress
    It keeps tracks of comments, links, adsense click etc within your site.
  7. PXS Mail Form
    This plugin allows you to check the data entered in the correct order including email address.
  8. WP e-Commerce
    This plugin is used for ecommerce site to sell digital product online.
  9. ShareThis
    With this plugin you can share your post with social networking sites.
  10. Redirection
    This plugin is used to manage 301 redirections and useful if you want to migrate your page from old site
  11. Yet Another Related Posts
    This plugin creates a list of posts to show relevant and related posts to the reader of your site.
  12. Get Recent Comments
    This plugin allows you to show the recent comments with trackbacks on your post of your site
  13. Ultimate Tag Warrior 3
    This plugin allows you to give tag to a post of your site with special syntax.
  14. My Page Order
    My Page Order helps you arrange the different pages of your site with different order.
  15. AdSense-Deluxe WordPress Plugin
    This plugin helps you manage the Google adsense and show it on your site.
  16. Search Regex Plugin
    This plugin creates a fully featured powerful search function to search any thing of your site.
  17. Tweetmeme
    This plugin is used to integrate the TweetMeme button into your wordpress site.
  18. WP-SpamFree Anti-Spam
    This is a powerful anti-spam plugin which is used to block different spams on your site successfully.