Date: May 7th, 2013 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Blogging, Content Marketing, Wordpress Plugins, Wordpress Tools, WP-Sticky | No Comments »
In a perfect world, I’d blog everyday. It’s just not possible for me however. For days when I’m not feeling very inspired, I’ll use WP-Sticky to stick an older post up on the top of my blog. This gives new readers a chance to read an older post that they never got a chance to see! Of course, you’ll want to make sure the information is still relevant.
One downside to this, is that if your post date is super old on the “stickied post”, new visitors could mistake your blog for a ‘dead blog’. I mean, isn’t that what you think when you visit a blog and see their most recent post was 6 months back? With this in mind, sites that don’t include the date in their post and have information that isn’t time sensitive.
Download WP-Sticky and try it for yourself!
Date: March 27th, 2013 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Business Wordpress Themes, Corporate Wordpress Themes, Premium Wordpress Themes | No Comments »
If you’re like me your always looking for fresh new WordPress themes, especially business/corporate themes. Set one of these bad boys up for a small business owner and they’ll think you’re a genius, especially if it’s a responsive theme.
This is not a list of FREE themes, if you’re looking for that be sure to check this post out.
Here are a few of my favorites from the list of 50:
Nova – $39
deVision – €39
Avada – $40
What’s your favorite business style WordPress theme? Leave a comment and let me know.
Date: October 7th, 2012 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Blogging, Comments, Wordpress Plugins | 2 Comments »
It’s been a while since I’ve given my comments area some thought. I’ve had DISQUS installed on my blog for several months now, and I feel that it doesn’t make it easy enough for people to comment.
So I began looking for something else. While stumbling across the web, I came across some awesome comment plugins that I never heard of before so I thought I’d share them with you fine folks.
Look over the list below and let me know what you think!
As I was saying above, I wasn’t getting that many comments with DISQUS, and I think that this could be because there was much of an incentive. So when I found Comment Luv, it seemed like the perfect option.
You see, with Comment Luv, everybody that comments on your blog will have the option to link to the latest post on THEIR blog. Essentially giving them some link “luv”. Which is a great incentive to leave a comment of value. If only DISQUS had a similar feature.
Click here to download Comment Luv.
Thanks Me Later Plugin
Are you looking for ways to help you build a relationship with your commenters? This plugin will send a “thank you” email to visitors when they comment for their first time.
It was really easy to install, and it’s really easy to edit the message being sent out so that it’s custom tailored to your blog.
Click here to download Thank Me Later.
Minimum Comment Length
I was worried that after I installed Comment Luv I would get an influx of comments that were really short, basically attempting to get the link love without giving value with their comment.
I have read that this can be a problem with Comment Luv, so I decided to install the Minimum Comment Length plugin. This makes it easy to adjust the minimum comment length by number of characters. By default it’s set at 15 characters long.
Click Here to download the Minimum Comment Length Plugin
Subscribe to Comments
This is pretty self-explanatory. It allows whoever is commenting to subscribe to the comments so that they can easily keep up with the conversation happening on your blog. This is obviously a great feature for any blog so make sure to install this ASAP.
Click Here to download the Subscribe to Comments Plugin
AWeber Web Form Plugin
This plugin will help you build your list as people are commenting. When a visitor leaves a comment they’re given the opportunity to join your newsletter simply by clicking a box. Nice and easy, just the way we like it!
Click Here to download the Aweber Web Form Plugin
(Note: For those of you that have Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or Salesforce you’ll want to check out… WP Leads.)
Am I leaving out a really sweet plugin? Let us know! Leave a comment and receive a little comment luv in return!
Date: September 22nd, 2012 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Copywriting, Internet Marketing, Leadplayer, Marketing, Optin Skin, Sales, Wordpress Plugins | No Comments »
I’ve really been going crazy with WordPress plugins lately.
Just when I thought that I had all of the useful plugins there is to have, or even need, I stumble across yet another plugin I must have. It never ends!
Here are 5 must have WordPress plugins for increasing sales & conversions on your WordPress blog or website.
- LeadPlayer (No Affiliate Link)- I just bought this plugin last week and it’s delivered on everything it’s promised. It allows you to add call to actions and email web-forms inside your video player.
You can insert the prompts at any point in your video’s timeline. It’s really as simple as uploading your video to Youtube, inserting your video’s Youtube URL into the proper field in the LeadPlayer settings, and decide what kind of prompt you want to add.
- Content Experiments (FREE) – This is what Google’s Website Optimizer morphed into. The main difference between Google Website Optimizer and Content Experiments is that Content Experiments is more closely integrated with Google Analytics, which makes sense.
Also, I noticed it’s much easier setting up “experiments” now than it was with Google’s Website Optimizer. If you have your Google Analytics script installed using this plugin, all you have to do is insert the “experiment” code into your original variation.
I’m going to be making a screencast video showing how I set-up one of my split-testing campaigns using Content Experiments, so that will definitely be something worth tuning in for.
- Optin Skin (Affiliate Link) – I have known how to split-test using Google’s Content Experiments for sometime now but I never had an easy to way to split-test web-forms that were embedded in my sidebar, or in the bottom of my blog’s post.php template… now I do.
This is another really easy plug-in to work with. You have plenty of sweet graphics to choose from, and you can even upload your own graphics.
UPDATE: I also am split-testing my sidebar forms using Aweber’s built-in split-testing feature.
- Optimizepress (Affiliate Link) – Okay, this isn’t a plugin, it’s a theme. But, you can easily use it in conjunction with your wordpress blog by installing a second instance of WordPress on a sub-domain, and installing the Optimizepress theme there.
I’ll be making a short video showing you how to install wordpress on a sub-domain, so be sure to tune in for that.
- Page Expiration Robot (Affiliate Link) – Every good marketer knows that scarcity increases sales conversions, and I’m talking real scarcity, not some fake countdown clock that refreshes every time you hit the refresh button. Your visitors are not stupid, and they know when they’re being lied to.
Now you can have a real live countdown for your offer that will automatically redirect visitors to a page of your choosing after the offer has expired. The possibilities for this plugin are endless.
That’s it for now. What did you think about my list? Are you already using some of these plugins?
I’m sure I’ll continue to find more great plugins and when I do, I’ll be sure to report back here.
Date: September 8th, 2012 | Author: Steve Longoria | Tags: Mobile Website, Plugin, QR Code, Web Design, Wordpress, WPtouch | 1 Comment »
I had tried out a different mobile site solution a while back (sorry, I can’t remember the name) and I found that it was not formatting images and videos properly. So, after surfing the web for a couple hours, looking for an alternative, I decided to give WPtouch a shot. They have a FREE option so how I could I resist?
Uploading the plugin was easy, there was nothing special required, you just upload the zip file. After that, you simply activate and play around with a few settings to customize the look and feel. That’s it!
Do you want to see how it turned out? Just visit TrueWebPresence.com on your phone or scan the QR code below.
Love it or hate it, let me know by leaving a comment below.