How to Reset WordPress Administrator’s Password

You installed WordPress and you forgot the administrator’s password. You’ll need it back for a lot of reasons.

you need to perform certain administrative operations, from time to time. You must be logged as an administrator do do that.
if you are the sole author, usually you’ll publish as an administrator
if you posted as an administrator and you got a reply, you have to get inside the adminstrative panel in order to approve it or to delete it.

The password is stored in the WordPress MySQL database, in the encrypted form. In order to reset it, you have several choices.

1. You can use the link “I forgot the password” to receive a reset link by eMail. The problem is that, sometimes, you don’t receive that eMail.

Possible reasons for not getting the eMail:

 you set a wrong eMail address when you created the blog
the eMail is filtered by the ISP’s SPAM filter and you don’t have access to it
the hosting server is simply not sending the eMail.

2. You can access the database, using PHP MyAdmin. This method is very hard to do because:

you might not have PHP MyAdmin available and your hosting company will not allow you to install it
you need to know MySQL well enough to be able to write an encrypted password in the database
the name of the table that contains the password can change from version to version. WordPress made quite some changes to the table names over the years.

3. You can use only FTP and simple search to reset WordPress administrator’s password

Try to think as the program. What the program does is simple:

it compares the password you enter with the password from the WordPress database
if they are identical, it will let you access the administrative panel
otherwise, it will ask you to enter another password.

The above behaviour can be changed. There is only one character, from one file, that needs to be changed. After changing it, the system will allow you to login using any WRONG password. Once inside, you can reset the password, by using the WordPress’ interface. Guess what? WordPress will not ask you for the current password.

Method 3 has some exceptional advantages:

it works with ANY version of WordPress, because it’s not influenced by the changes of the tables from the WordPress’ database.
it’s by far the most safer, because you’re not playing with the database, but with some plain text files.
it does not need PHP MyAdmin to work. You only need FTP access to transfer back and forth one file from the server to your computer.

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How to Add Google Analytics on your WordPress Site

Now that you have your WordPress site up and running, it’s time to start pulling in data that can show you how your visitors interact with your website. In this post we’re going to show you the easiest ways to add the most popular (and free!) website analytics tracking to your website: Google Analytics.

What is Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a free website tracking service that reports website traffic, conversions, user behavior, and more. It is the most popular website tracking service available.

Google Analytics can show you how much traffic your website receives, where that traffic is coming from, and how visitors interact with your site once they arrive.

You can also export Google Analytics data in various formats or build your own custom “Dashboard” that easily provides and updates the data you want to see.

Why Website Analytics are Important

Everyone setting up a website has a goal in mind. Perhaps the goal is to blog about your passion, launch a small ecommerce business, or just to have a space where your friends can come together online.

Whatever your reason for creating a WordPress website, an understanding of your site’s users is crucial. You need to know if people are visiting, where they come from, and what content on your website they enjoy. Without this information you have no way to measure if what you are creating is moving you closer to achieving your goals.

One of the best features of Google Analytics is the price. Even if you are not remotely interested in see how visitors interact with your website, it is still easy to implement this tracking and start gathering data quietly in the background, all for free!

Who knows? One day you may look at your analytics data and realize that your visitors frequently go to a part of your site you did not expect them to. That could lead to ideas for new content or copy on your website.

How Does Google Analytics Work?

Implementing Google Analytics involves adding a piece of code (called Javascript) to your site so it can gather data on how your site is performing. Whenever someone lands on your site in their browser, they are tagged by the tracking code and their “Session” on your website begins.

The tracking code (if properly implemented) should be on every page of your website for which you want to gather traffic data. This insures that the tracking can follow every website visitor as they move through your site.

Some of the most helpful data provided by this tracking is:

  • Pageviews: The number of individual pages a visitor goes to on your site.
  • Sessions: The number of individual visitors your website receives.
  • Traffic Source: Where your site visitors came from (A Google search, a paid Google ad, another website, directly to your site, a social media network, etc.)
  • Bounce Rate: A measure of how many visitors came to one page on your site and then immediately left.
  • Session Duration and Pages per Session: Measurements of how long someone stayed on your site and how many pages they visited during their Session.
  • Goals (sometimes referred to as “Conversions”): These are a measure of how many people completed an action on your site, as stipulated by you. For example, if you have a contact form, you could measure how many people filled out and submitted that form, where they came from, etc.

Let’s get started on installing Google Analytics on your WordPress website.

Installing Google Analytics on your Site

Step 1: Creating an Account

1. The first thing you need to add Google Analytics to your website is a Google account. If you don’t already have one you are comfortable associating with your website, get one here.

2. Once you have your account ready, go to and login.

3. You will see a screen prompting you to sign up for Google Analytics. Follow the steps to set up your analtyics account.

sign up for google analytics

4. Once you have filled out all of the required information, click on the “Get Tracking ID” button. You will be taken to a screen showing you a piece of code (called a “snippet”) that you will need to copy. The code will look like this, but the obscured part will contain your Google Analytics account number instead:

ga tracking code

Remember to highlight and copy the entire code snippet, as shown in the screenshot above.

Step 2: Installing the Code

There are several ways to add the Google Analytics code to your WordPress site, and we’re going to focus on two of the easiest and most popular methods. As usual, WordPress makes these options easy, depending on your experience level.

Method #1: Manually Adding the Tracking Code

While both of these methods are straightforward, this method is the only one that requires some minor knowledge of how WordPress uses templates to manage content. Here are the steps to add your Google Analytics tracking code manually:

1. Once you have the code copied, login to your WordPress website and go to “Editor” in the “Appearance” menu:

editor menu

2. On the right side of the screen you will see a list of templates. You are looking for the template file named “header.php”. The easiest way to find this file is usually to do a CTRL + F and search for “header.php”:

wordpress theme header

3. Next you want to look for the the following tag: </head>. You can again use CTRL+F to search for it. Once you’ve found the tag, paste the tracking code snippet immediately before it.

closing head tag

4. Once the code is pasted in, click the “Update File” button.

5. After a few minutes, go back to the area in Google Analytics where you copied your tracking code. Refresh the screen to make sure that the code is properly placed and your account is receiving data. If no data is being received, click the “Send test traffic” button to test.


Please Note: It usually takes 12-24 hours for actual traffic data to being coming in through Google Analytics. After that period of time has passed, you can login to your account and go to “Reporting” in the main menu to see your data.

ga reporting

Method #2: The Google Analytics by MonsterInsights Plugin

There are hundreds of Google Analytics WordPress plugins available. Some allow you to track more elements of your site than others, some are easy to set up, and some provide analytics data to you within your WordPress dashboard.

We are going to show you how to set up the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin, formerly known as Yoast Google Analytics. This plugin is one of the most powerful of the analytics plugins that is also very easy to configure and start tracking your traffic immediately.

1. Upload the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin using your preferred method (check out our “Installing Plugins” video here) and activate it.

2. Navigate to the “Settings” section under the new “Analytics” menu.

yoast ga settings

3. Now it’s time to connect your Google Analytics account to the plugin. There are two ways to do this: Authenticate with your Google account or manually enter your UA (User Account) code.

Authenticate With Your Google Account: If you are signed in to your Google Analytics account, click the “Authenticate with your Google account”, go through the prompts, and your account will be connected.

yoast ga authenticate account

Manually Enter Your UA Code: If you prefer to manually enter your user account number, simply check the “Manually enter your UA code” box.

Then go back to your Google Analytics account, click on the “Admin” link in the main menu, and then click on “Property Settings” under the center “Property” column.

ga property settings

Copy the code under “Tracking ID” (be sure to include the “UA” portion) and paste the code into the field in the plugin.

ga tracking id to yoast plugin

Click the “Save Changes” button and your site is now tracking your visitor data! Again, allow 12-24 hours for data to populate.

What it Looks Like in Action

Once you’ve installed the tracking code properly and let 12-24 hours pass, you will begin to see data appearing in your personal Google Analytics interface.

When you head back into Google Analytics, click on the “Reporting” link in the top navigation to see the default data display. The default reporting section is the Audience Overview, and this is what will load by default whenever you login to Analytics in the future:

ga default

The menu on the left side is how you will navigate between the different data sections. It is broken up into sections based on the type of metrics presented. You can change your date range in the upper right.

Please Note: Data is only available from the date you installed Google Analytics and not earlier).

To help you get a little more familiar with it, here are some areas you are going to want to check out on a regular basis:

  • Audience →Mobile→Overview: This will show you the type of devices people use to access your site. This can help you determine if you need a better mobile site.
  • Acquisition→Overview→All Traffic→Channels: This section will show you what channels are sending traffic to your site (Organic Search, Paid Search, Social Media, Referrals (other websites)
  • Behavior→Overview: This section will show you the pages on your site that get the most traffic.
  • Conversions→Goals→Overview: This section will show you the number of conversions that have occurred on your site, if you have set up goals.

Final Tip: You can hover over any of the metric names (Sessions, Users, Pageviews, etc.) and a helpful box will pop up explaining what the metric is:

ga explanations

Wrapping Up

Google Analytics is by far the most powerful free analytics service available. Whether you are brand new to WordPress or you are experienced in managing your own WordPress site, having Google Analytics tracking implemented will help you to constantly improve your website’s performance.

Happy tracking!

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Using Permalinks in WordPress

One from the basic factors of Search engine optimization (search engine optimization) is the actual URL of your WordPress page or article. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator it really is basically the address of that particular page to the web. WordPress does a good deal of things genuinely, definitely well suitable out with the box having said that creating clean and beneficial URL’s will not be a person of them.

With a new installation of WordPress the URL’s are type of a mess. Say I write a publish about my new Border Collie Pup. With no changes WordPress creates an URL extension that looks some thing like this..


..which is both ugly and truly unhelpful. They appear like this simply because WordPress isn’t a plain old static HTML site but is database driven and dynamically developed to the fly. Should you don’t comprehend what that means don’t sweat it as it really is not actually that crucial from the early stages. What we want to try and do is turn those unsightly links into pretty, helpful and keyword rich links.

Fortunately WordPress comes using the option of developing Permalinks which turns the over ugly link into some thing like this..


. that’s greater! This Permalink each describes what the put up is about to websurfers, but is also easier to keep in mind and the search engines are able to make use from the keywords correct inside the URL. Far superior option!

Setting up Permalinks in WordPress is easy to accomplish. From the Admin panel click Settings then Permalinks. You’ll see a number of distinct pre-set options for your Permalink structure however I’d suggest clicking around the Custom field and enter a person of your following:




Utilizing our Border Collie Pup example from over this is how the three formats would look

mywebsite/2010/10/border-collie-puppy (2010 may be the yr, 10 could be the month)

mywebsite/dogs/border-collie-puppy (dogs will be the category)

mywebsite/border-collie-puppy (just the submit title)

Personally I prefer to use the last, shortest a single with just the web page name and also the put up name. It seems to put a great deal of emphasis around the search phrases themselves and I’ve seemed to complete quite well Search engine optimization wise with this setup. If you’ve got a good deal of excellent categories you may want the class inside URL. Some folks definitely like the notion of having some sort of time in their URL which is where the initial format comes into play.

No matter what format you use you’ll be really pleased using the eventual results from utilizing Permalinks in WordPress. Begin using these proper away whenever you begin your WordPress blog. It is feasible to switch from regular links to Permalinks later on, and even from 1 format to another, but it’s just less complicated to try and do it suitable away. So get to it! Get those Permalinks going as you will be glad you did!

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How to Use the New MonsterInsights Plugin for Google Analytics (Part 1 of 2)

In our previous article, “How to Add Google Analytics on your WordPress Site,” we recommended the new MonsterInsights plugin (formerly known as Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast). In this first of a two-part series, we’re going to take a deeper dive into the functionality of MonsterInsights and show you what this amazing plugin offers and how it can make your website tracking easier.

What Is MonsterInsights?

MonsterInsights is a plugin that allows you to easily add, customize, and manage the Google Analytics website tracking services on your WordPress site. In a nutshell, it makes tracking your website with Google Analytics simpler.

The plugin was originally created by Yoast, the creator of the WordPress SEO plugin, widely regarded as the best WordPress SEO plugin available. The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin by Yoast was recently acquired by Syed Balkhi — creator of the brilliant OptinMonster and WPForms WordPress plugins — and renamed “MonsterInsights”.

There are two versions of the MonsterInsights plugin: Free and Pro.

The free version allows you to install Google Analytics easily, track all the data you need on a basic website, and includes the following features:

  • Simple installation
  • Turn on/off different types of tracking with a single click.
  • Visitor metric dashboards and reports within your WordPress admin.
  • Track outbound links or downloads on your site.
  • Anonymize IPs so traffic from countries with stricter privacy regulations can be tracked.

The Pro version includes all of the above, plus these additional features:

  • Popular post/page tracking.
  • Track 404 error pages on your site.
  • Track custom dimensions like pageviews per author.
  • AdSense tracking.
  • Create custom reports.

Though the free version of the plugin more than fits the bill for the majority of WordPress site owners, consider the Pro version if you are looking for more customizable reporting data from within your WordPress dashboard.

There is even an eCommerce Addon for eCommerce website owners that connects with WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads.

Installing the MonsterInsights Plugin

In our last post we covered how to create a Google Analytics account and install Analytics onto your site via the MonsterInsights plugin. In that post we covered two methods to connect your Google Analytics account to the plugin. The first method is to “authenticate” your Google account within the plugin. The other method is to manually copy and paste your Google Analytics user account number into a field within the plugin.

We recommend that you use the first option, “Authenticate with your Google account”. By connecting your account this way, you will be able to access the reports and dashboards features of the plugin.

monsterinsights plugin authenticate not manual

Configuring MonsterInsights Settings

Once you have the plugin installed and your Google Analytics account authenticated, it’s time to configure the plugin for what you want to track. This is done in the “Settings” section.

monsterinsights settings

We’re going to run you through the main settings to get you set up at a basic level within the free version of the plugin.

General Settings

The general settings are where you can customize the functionality of the plugin. This is where you determine which Google Analytics profile to track and how you want it to track traffic to your website.

TIP: You can hover over the question mark icon next to any setting in the plugin to view an explanation of that setting’s functionality.

monsterinsights question mark explanations


1. First you need to tell the plugin which of your Google Analytics profiles should be connected. You may have multiple profiles within your single Google Analytics account, so the plugin needs to be sure which one to pull data from.

Once in the General Settings tab, simply use the dropdown and select the appropriate profile you would like to connect.

monsterinsights choose ga profile

Now let’s configure some settings.

monsterinsights general settings2. Track Outbound Click and Downloads: This tracking option will allow analytics to track clicks and downloads on your site as events. Essentially, if you check this box, you will be able to see what and how many times links on your site were clicked, along with any downloads of PDFs, images, or other documents that can be accessed via a link. You can find this data under Behavior >> Events in your Google Analytics account:

3. Allow Tracking of Anonymous Data: This is not really a tracking option, but rather an option that will allow the plugin to track the themes and plugins you use in order to provide a better user experience. We recommend you check this box.

4. Anonymize IPs: As mentioned above, checking this box will allow Google Analytics to track data from users in countries where privacy restrictions may not allow for data tracking. We recommend you check this box.

5. Ignore Users: This option allows you to add in user types so that they are not tracked when logged in and visiting the site. By default, “Administrator” and “Editor” are included. This option helps you get clean analytics data. After all, you don’t want all the time you or your editors and staff spend on the site to be counted since have to be on the site. We recommend leaving the default settings as is, but some may want to add in “Author” or “Contributor” if they want to further clean their data.

6. Disable Analytics Dashboard: This will turn off the dashboard functionality of the plugin and stop the plugin from showing you the latest analytics data pulled. You can still access all of your data by logging into Google Analytics, but we recommend you leave this box unchecked. A great feature of this plugin is that you can see your website traffic data immediately after logging into your site, and we think you should use it.

Universal Settings

There are two types of Google Analytics tracking: Universal and Asynchronous. They both refer to the type of tracking code implemented on your site. Universal Analytics is the latest iteration of analytics and it provides you with the option to gather more data about visitors to your site. We always recommend that you use Universal Analytics over the older Asychronous version.

monsterinsights universal analytics1. Enable Universal Tracking: This turns on Universal Analytics tracking and we recommend you check this box.

2. Enable Demographics and Interests Reports for Remarketing and Advertising: By checking this box Analytics will be able to pull demographic and interest-related information about your website visitors to give you a better idea about your audience. This information can be used to fuel new content ideas. MonsterInsights has a great explanatory document about how to first enable the Demographics and Interest Reports within the Google Analytics interface.

3. Enhanced Link Attribution: Checking this box will enable analytics to tag your pages and pull enhanced link-tracking information. Some of this enhanced information includes:

  • See separate information for multiple links on a page that all have the same destination. For example, if there are two links on the same page that both lead to the Contact Us page, then you see separate click information for each link.
  • See when one page element has multiple destinations. For example, a Search button on your page is likely to lead to multiple destinations.
  • Track buttons, menus, and actions driven by javascript.

Advanced Settings

There are several advanced tracking options you can implement with MonsterInsights. Many of these options will likely not be necessary if you are running a straightforward WordPress site, so we are only going to cover the settings you need to know about. You can find additional documentation on these advanced settings in the “Docs” section of MonsterInsights located here.

monsterinsights advanced settings1. Track Downloads As: This setting allows you to specify how a download on your website is tracked. As mentioned earlier, downloads could be any links to PDFs, .doc files, or even images where clicking on the link results in the download of a file. We recommend leaving this setting as is, otherwise your data may be skewed. If you would like to track these downloads as goals in Google Analytics, we recommend you create a new goal and use “Event” as the goal type rather than changing any settings here.

2. Extensions of Files To Track As Downloads: This is where you can specify the types of files that will count as downloads. Again, we recommend you leave this setting as is since pretty much every major file type that can be downloaded on a site is included.

3. Track Full URL of Outbound Clicks or Just The Domain: This setting controls how links to other sites from your site are tracked. For example, if you have a link to a Wikipedia page in one of your blog posts, Google Analytics can show you how many times that link was clicked and from what page.

By default, Analytics will only track the domain (, but if you change this setting to “Full links” then you will be able to see the full URL of the outbound link.

In Google Analytics, you can find this data by going to Behavior >> Site Content >> Content Drilldown. For more information on how to dig deeper into this data, Yoast has an excellent guide here.

Wrap Up and Part 2

Don’t be intimidated by some of the configuration settings in the new MonsterInsights plugin. The plugin is designed to be simple to set up with default settings that cover pretty much everything a basic WordPress website would need.

In Part 2 of our MonsterInsights series, we’ll cover the Dashboard and show you how to interpret the data it provides and how to pull specific metrics and dimension data to give you more insight into your website’s performance.

Stay tuned, and happy tracking!

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How to Use the New MonsterInsights Plugin for Google Analytics (Part 2 of 2: The Dashboard)

We’ve covered how to add Google Analytics tracking to your WordPress website. Then in our last post we covered how to configure the MonsterInsights plugin (Formerly Google Analytics by Yoast) on your WordPress website. Now we’re moving right along into Part 2 of our two-part MonsterInsights series. In this post we are going to show you the Dashboard and Reports features from the free version of this great plugin.

The MonsterInsights Dashboard

The beauty of the MonsterInsights plugin is it’s ability to pull the most relevant metrics from Google Analtyics directly into your WordPress admin area. This means you can view your website’s data without having to login to Google Analytics separately. Let’s take a look at what the MonsterInsights Dashboard offers.

monsterinsights question mark explanationsTIP: As we mentioned in our last post, if you are ever looking for more information on a feature or a metric, simply click on the question mark symbol next to each area of the plugin.

The Overview Tab

The Overview tab is where you will start when you first go to the Dashboard. Here you will find two very straightforward metrics: Sessions and Bounce Rate.

monsterinsights dashboard overviewSessions: A Session is a group of interactions that take place on your website. This metric used to be referred to as a “Visit” in Google Analytics.  A single session can contain multiple pageviews, multiple clicks, and even multiple conversions or purchases.

Think of it as a bigger picture or “forest” metric, rather than a “tree” metric. Every interaction a visitor has with your website takes place within their single session. This is why there are more pageviews than there are sessions when you are looking at analytics data for a website.

The session metric is great for getting a general sense of how much traffic your website is receiving and is usually the best place to start with analytics.

Bounce Rate: Bounce rate is a percentage measurement of how many times a user viewed only a single page (i.e. the first page they landed on) before leaving the site entirely.

For example, if a visitor finds your website via Google, clicks on your search result, lands on your homepage, and then leaves to go back to Google, that would count as a bounce. Depending on how you have your tracking set up, the length of time the visitor spends on that single page does not matter. Unless they visit a second page on your site, it will count as a bounce.

Bounce rate is a great metric to help you determine if visitors like the experience and content of the first page they land on. While the metric is somewhat useless unless combined with the actual pages and the source of your visitors, it is a good barometer for the overall usability and content quality of your website.

For example, if you know that your homepage has a high bounce rate for visitors that came from a Yellow Pages listing on, you may want to take a look and see what content or information your homepage may be missing. Perhaps you are missing a phone number or other contact information. Perhaps you are not describing your services clearly enough.

Also keep in mind that, depending on what an individual page is about, a high bounce rate might not be a bad thing. For example, say your “Contact Info” page has a high bounce rate. If that page contains strictly contact information (address, a map, phone/fax number, email, etc.,) then it is likely visitors are landing on the page, getting exactly the information they want, and then bouncing off the site, which is a positive.

TIP: As a general rule, a bad bounce rate is 75% and above, a good bounce rate is 50-75%, and anything below 50% means you are doing well.

The Reports Tab

monsterinsights select a dimensionThe reports tab offers you three different kinds of traffic dimensions: Traffic Sources, Popular Pages, and Countries. Each one is accessed via the “Select a dimension” dropdown.

TIP: When it comes Google Analytics, remember that a “Dimension” often refers to a name, while a “Metric” refers to a numerical value. For example, if your website has had 100 Sessions from Search Engines, “Sessions” would be the metric, and “Search Engines” would be the dimension.

Traffic Sources Report

The “Traffic Sources” report shows you the various traffic sources for your site and their respective session counts. This data is useful because it is important to know what source is driving the most traffic to your site.

You are likely to see search engines at the top of this list, simply because they are likely including your website in search results for particular keyword searches, thus driving traffic to your site.

monsterinsights traffic sources reportOther sources might include websites that have a link to your site on one of their pages. If you see a website you don’t recognize, try looking it up to see if it seems like a legitimate website and link. Often spammers will create links to websites that can skew your traffic data.

If you begin to see a lot of these spammy or unrecognizable sites driving traffic to your site, you may want to consider filtering their data out in Google Analytics. You can learn about how to set up a filter here, though we recommend you get in touch with someone familiar with Google Analytics.

Below is an explanation of the Traffic Sources report features:

  1. In the screenshot you can see that Google drove 67 sessions to the website last month.
  2. You can expand the list to show more rows.
  3. You can also search for a traffic source if you are looking for one in particular.

monsterinsights popular pages reportPopular Pages Report

The “Popular Pages” report shows you just that. The most popular pages on your website based on number of sessions.

The URL of each page is shown and you can search and sort in exactly the same way as the Traffic Sources report.

This data is useful because it shows you which content on your website performs strongest. If you begin to notice certain pages focused on particular topics driving a majority of your traffic, you may want to consider creating similar or related content.

Countries Report

This report is extremely straightforward. It provides you with the countries that drove traffic to your website.

Honestly, this data is not very actionable. However you can take note of any countries you do not want to receive traffic from and then work to block that country’s traffic using an IP blocker.

Wrap Up

The current reporting options in MonsterInsights are fairly limited at the moment, though the data provided is enough to give you a sense of how your site is performing overall. As we mentioned in previous posts, MonsterInsights was formerly known as Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast but was recently acquired by Syed Balkhi, creator of the OptinMonster and WPForms WordPress plugins.

Thanks to that acquisition, we are looking forward to some added functionality and options in the MonsterInsights plugin in the near future. Of course, if you would like to experience more features from the plugin right now, consider purchasing the Pro version, which includes several additional features to help you monitor your website’s performance.

Happy Tracking!

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WordPress Weekly Recap – May 5th

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WordPress Plugins

  • Easily add any widgets to a post by using a TinyMCE button in the editor with Turbo Widgets.
  • Build a client portal site using this small plugin.
  • If you need a simple way to add social sharing links/buttons to your content, this new Seed Social plugin may be just what you are looking for.

I wanted to thank those of you who write me and let me know about plugins, news, tutorials and other pieces of content many of you create. I love adding that type of information to our WordPress Weekly Recap posts. You can also let me know about things you come across by emailing Until next week … have a great day.

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Is WordPress Goldmine Another Money Scheme?

WordPress Goldmine Reviewed For The Serious Online Marketer
Blogging isn’t tough and can even be fun, but generating cash from one does involve more work, but if you have a business the blog is a good way to go. One approach that has been used for some years is creating niche blogs that are specific and narrowly targeted to a particular audience. Blogs are incredibly easy to make, but doing all that is necessary to make money from one still eludes a great many people. In this article we will be reviewing a product called WordPress Goldmine that shows you the insider secrets to building your own money making blogs from scratch and creating your virtual business empire.

The first section of WordPress Goldmine gives you every step that’s needed to build your own WordPress blog quick and easy. In addition, you’ll soon discover how much easier it is to generate an income with blogs than it is with static HTML websites. Blogs ranked a bit better and easier in search engines than static sites, that’s a fact and has been the case for a while. The learning media for the course consists of text and video so it’ll be easy to follow along. So it’s cool because you’ll be able to build your first blog right away. The next section provides ease ways to update your content with high quality information. You won’t have to pay a dime for good content if you use the proven techniques described in the guide. You will be able to expand your network and blogs using the content you receive. Content that is obtained on a regular basis will provide better results than old content. Search engines such as Yahoo and Cha Cha work much better with clear, progressive content that is refreshed regularly.

The next section, which is the third, will delve deeply into properly monetization and earning an income from your blog network. This is also an exciting section because you’ll get to study an example of the course author earning $ 15,000 from just one blog post in his network of multiple blogs. If you’re wondering about what to sell, no need for that because there are literally millions of products you can market as an affiliate marketer. Once you have enough traffic going to your site you can sell ad space to other marketers, and of course you’ll learn how to do that, too.

In the fourth section you’ll discover how to drive traffic using free methods found on the web. The only thing you need to do is take action on these techniques in order to begin seeing targeted traffic to your various blogs.

Finally leveraging your blog in order to generate income in the long term will require a system like this to help you succeed.

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