Design a Logo Tutorial: 5 Tips for Beginners

Design a Logo Tutorial 5 Tips for Beginners

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Make Your Blogging Easier with These WordPress Plugins

Make Your Blogging Easier with These WordPress Plugins

Whether you have a standalone or a business website blog, you know the drill. You have to come up with great topics, produce amazing text and visuals, engage, amuse, educate, and inspire viewers, and do it regularly. It’s a tall order, but you cannot keep and grow a following without doing these things.

Anything that will make your blogging “life” easier would be welcome, indeed. So, here are nine WordPress plugins that will do just that. One word of caution here. While they all look great, you may not need some of them, at this time at least. Only download those that will serve you well – too many plugins slow down you load and navigation.

JetPack

This plugin will give you traffic stats. You will see how much traffic each of your posts receive, where that traffic is coming from and even what people are looking for.

You will also find some SEO tools, backup service, and several other great features.

Best of all? It’s free.

You may be finding trending topics from such sites as Buzzsumo and/or using quality writing services as evaluated by sites like Rated by Students, but unless you are tracking the popularity of what you are posting, you are “working in the dark.”

Akismet

Of course, your blog must have conversation opportunities. Among the comments you get will always be a certain percentage that are spam, and you want them out. Akismet will analyze the comments and weed out what is spam, moving them to a spam folder that you can look through when you have time. This will save you the time of weeding out yourself, will keep your blog “clean,” and all for free.

Plugins for Customization

There are thousands of plugins that fall into this category, but here are three that you should seriously consider:

wpDiscuz

This plugin will allow you to customize your blog’s comment section. The original conversation section with basic WordPress is, frankly, boring and bare.

You can customize your comment form, fields, template and style, including the type of info you want from those who are commenting. And it is responsive for all device types:

wpDiscuz

Fancier Author Box

You can also customize your author box, over the basic format that comes with WordPress. Add color, cool typography, and even social sharing buttons. Add your photo, change it anytime, and choose where that box is placed on each post.

This is the place where you establish your credibility, through an author profile. And that profile should be well-written and compelling. And your bio/profile will change over time. If you are unsure about writing yours, checkout a writing service evaluation site like All top Reviews, where you can find top-rated profile writers.

Your new and/or revised profile can easily be laced in your great author box. And this plugin is totally free. So, you can uninstall it once you have the box you want and then re-install each time you want to make a change.

There is another plugin, User Profile Picture, which will allow you to place a photo in your author box and to change it any time you want to. And you can add it in the comment section as well.

Plugins for Traffic

There is work involved in driving traffic to your blog, not the least of which is to create amazing content. That involves choosing topics your readers are looking for; it means crafting each post so that readers are engaged and want to share what you have presented; it means creative use of both words and visuals, and it means posting often and consistently. It’s easy to get behind and finding creative writing backup may be a good idea. You can check out the top-rated writing agencies at Top Writers Review and try a few of them out.

For optimizing traffic to those amazing posts you publish, here are a couple of key plugins:

Yoast

This is a “must” plugin for SEO. You will actually get a score on your use of keywords, links, image tags, readability, meta descriptions, and other elements that all factor into your Google search ranking. If you get a low score, the plugin will tell you what to do.

There is a free and paid version of Yoast. Check out the differences and choose the one that will work best for you now. You can always change.

Social Media Warfare

You love your readers; but you can love them more when they share your amazing posts with their communities. And this plugin gives you ways to remind them to do this, with the simplicity of buttons.

You can place social buttons anywhere on your blog or within posts. You can set up hover buttons on your images; and you can set up which mage you want to appear when your content is shared.

After a free trial, this is a fee-based plugin, but it is well worth it.

Lazy Load

Speed counts. Internet users now have an attention span shorter than that of a goldfish. So, how long do you think they will wait for one of your pages to load? Maybe 3 seconds, if you are lucky. There is a lot you can do to speed up load time, but here is a nifty little plug in that will not load your images until a user actually scrolls over them. And it’s free.

W3 Total Cache

This plugin uses a number of technical features to speed up your load time. While you may not understand all of the technology involved, you will understand that your blog is loading faster once you install this plugin.

Resize Image After Upload

No blog exists without images, and no one wants to manually resize images to fit. This plugin not only lets you automatically compress images, it will automatically re-size them to a size you specify. Kind of a “must have.”

These are just nine of many plugins that make a blogger’s life easier. And they are pretty critical for beginners and veterans alike. There are others that will meet specific, more advanced needs, so search for them and consider what they have to offer. Again, remember this: the more plugins you add, the slower your blog will respond – always keep this in mind, and be selective.

Submit Your Website to Search Engines But Which Ones?

Submit Your Website to Search Engines

There are a large number of sites out there that will claim to submit your website to tens of thousands of search engines for a few dollars.

Really? Submit your website to 10,000’s of search engines?

Sound’s great doesn’t it, almost too good to be true? A few dollars to submit your website to all these search engines? Web traffic will go through the roof!

Yeah you guessed it, it is basically a scam.

Where should you submit your website?

The only search engines you realistically need to submit your website to are the following:

  • Google
  • Bing/Yahoo
  • Yandex

Approximately 98% of all search engine traffic comes from a combination of these big three search engines. That means that just 2% of web traffic is left for the rest of the search engines.

If you take the figure of one of these website submission companies that will submit your website to 10,000 search engines, that means you are getting, each for search engine they submit to, just 0.0002% of the search coverage available. Even for a few dollars, is it worth it?

So how do you submit your website to the big three?

It is surprisingly simple to get your website out there and have potential visitors find your website when carrying out searches.

So after reading the search engine statistics above, you now know that it is not worth paying someone or some company to submit your website to a whole bunch of pointless search engines. You just need to go ahead and get your site onto the big three. But how?

Create a Sitemap

Creating a sitemap is critical. If you are using WordPress, there is a good chance that you are using Yoast SEO. If you are not, get it installed as it is the best SEO plugin available in my own humble opinion.

What I’m getting at is that Yoast SEO will automatically create your sitemap for you. You can then use that sitemap and submit it to the big three search engines.

But, what if you do not want to use Yoast SEO or your website is not using a WordPress platform?

Well, then in that case, life is a little more difficult. However, there are plenty of websites out there that will automatically create your sitemap for you. Here are just a few:

So once you have your sitemap XML, you are ready to get going and start the submission process to Google, Bing and Yandex.

Submit your website to Google

The first thing you are going to need is a Google account. As this is Google and not Big Bad John’s Search Engine, I’m going to assume that you already have a Google account so we will move on.

Head over to the Google Webmaster Tools website and click the option to sign in. Once you have signed in you should click on the Add a Property button in the top right of the page:

Click on Add A Property

A pop-up will appear and you should then enter your website address and click the Add button:

Submit your website to Google Webmaster Tools

Verify your Website

This will then take you to the verification area where you will have to prove that you own the site that you are trying to submit.

Go ahead and choose an option that best suits your site and complete the verification process.

Submit your Sitemap

Once you are fully verified, you can now browse through the options and features within the Google Search Console. But what you need to do now is to submit your sitemap so that GoogleBot can find your website and crawl all your pages.

To do this, click on Crawl and then Sitemaps from the left side menu:

Google Search Console Sitemaps Menu

This will then take you into the sitemap area of your Google Search Console. At the top right of the page, you will see an Add/Test Sitemap button.

Google Search Console Add or Test Sitemap

You then need to enter your sitemaps URL. The first part of the mail URL will be pre-populated so you just need to enter the name of your sitemap and click the Submit button:

Google Search Console Enter Sitemap Details

Then that is pretty much all you need to do. The GoogleBot will then follow your sitemap and crawl your site. Give it a few days and your site will start appearing on Google search results.

Submit your website to Bing

So you have submitted your site to Google and now its time to move onto your sites submission to Bing.

As with Google, you will need a Microsoft, Facebook or Google account to login to the Bing Webmaster Tools website. Once you have logged in, it will take you straight to the Bing Search Console. At the top left of the page, you will see the Add a Site section:

Bing Webmaster Tools Add a Site

Enter your website URL and click on the Add button. This will then take you to the next page where you need to enter your sitemap URL:

Bing Search Console Submit URL

If you want to, you can select from the drop down regarding when you receive your most amount of traffic in the day. Once you are happy with the settings you have selected, click on the Add button.

Verify your website

This will then take you to the verification page. This is similar to what you carried out on the Google verification. Choose the best option for you and complete the process.

You will then see that your sitemap is now pending:

Bing Search Console Sitemap Pending

The BingBot will then go out and crawl your website and all its pages within your sitemap.

Submit your website to Yandex

You will have now submitted your website to two of the big three search engines. This leaves you with the final one – Yandex.

This is a Russian search engine and one of the biggest technology companies in Russia. This exposes your website to a whole new market area, not just in Russia, but in countries like Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries.

Yandex is also the forth largest search engine in the world, only behind Google, Baidu (Chinese search engine) and Bing. In case you are wondering why we have not included Baidu in this guide, it is because it is all in Chinese and we can’t work it out! But if you do understand Chinese, you should go ahead and add your website to that search engine too.

So let’s move on to getting your website submitted to the Yandex search engine.

As with the other search engines, you will need to login to the Yandex Webmaster Tools site. Once logged in, at the top left of the screen you will see the option to add a site:

Yandex Webmaster add a site

Click on the + button to go ahead and start the process to add your site. You will then hit a page asking you to enter your website URL:

Yandex Webmaster enter URL

Once you have entered your websites URL, go ahead and click on the Add button.

Verify your website

Like with Google and Bing, you will need to verify that you own the website that you are trying to add. You have three options to do this; meta tag, HTML file or DNS record.

Submit your sitemap

Once you have verified your website, you should then click Indexing then Sitemap files on the menu on the left hand side. Then add the full URL of your sitemap into the text box and click on the Add button:

Yandex Search Console Add a sitemap

This will then submit your sitemap to Yandex and the YandexBot will carry out a crawl of your website just like the GoogleBot and BingBot.

Yandex Search Console Processing Sitemap

Conclusion

That is about all you have to do. Now you wait for the various search bots to crawl your website and get added to their search results. This should not take very long and you should see your website gaining traffic from these search engines within a week.

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