May.06

Dec.16

Revolution Slider Security Hole (and Fix)

I read today* about a vulnerability in Revolution Slider. This is a very popular plugin, and is bundled with the 2nd most popular theme on Theme Forest, X | The Theme.

*It took 3 months for the severity of this attack to go from discovery to me via a colleague. Probably partially due to the fact that I’m not on Twitter all the time, but I’m quite disappointed that Envato did not alert anyone who bought the plugin or one of the 1,197 themes with Revolution Slider embedded, warning them of this vulnerability.
How To & Tips

May.02

How to Replace “All in One SEO Pack” with “WordPress SEO” by Yoast

Years ago, I created a WordPress blog and chose the All in One SEO Pack plugin to handle my post title tags and meta descriptions. Later on, I learned of WordPress SEO by Yoast and used it on all of my other blogs. Yet this early site still had the other plugin installed, with lots of data.

Today, I replaced All in One SEO Pack with Yoast’s WordPress SEO, and kept all of my customized title tags and meta descriptions. Here’s how:

How To & Tips

Jun.09

An Affiliate Website Anyone Can Build

BuyLegLamps.com screenshotI know a lot of my posts are rather technical, but this one is a bit different. I’m going to show you an affiliate website that anyone can build, and walk you through exactly how I did it.

First, you need a niche. I’ve covered this before, How to Choose an Affiliate Offer to Promote. For this site, it was all about a love (some may say obsession) I have with Christmas and the movie, A Christmas Story.

I met with A Christmas Story House at the recent ShareASale ThinkTank, which boosted this project to the top of my list. (Hear that, merchants? When you meet with affiliates face-to-face, you become a priority to them). What resulted from this meeting is Buy Leg Lamps.

How To & Tips

Oct.26

Aug.19

Supercharging WordPress for SEO

Jon Henshaw, co-creator of Raven Tools, presented on day 1 of Affiliate Summit in a session called, Supercharging WordPress for SEO. The session was jammed full of resources to help improve the search engine optimization of a WordPress blog, primarily via plug-ins.

To start, Jon explained how WordPress 3.0 now comes with the multi-user functionality previously created by WordPress MU. So running multiple blogs off of a single WP installation is now easier than before. Tools to enhance an MU WordPress set-up include

Jon then went on to discuss themes, and how powerful the Thesis theme is.

Jon Henshaw presentingHe then touched on HTML5 and its semantic mark-up with section elements, which are like comments within the HTML (not visible to the end user) that help spiders pick out the header, footer, nav, article, etc. within an HTML page. This feature of HTML5 sounds a bit like microformats, which help search engines read the content on a page, and understand what the content is about.

Jon then talked about many, many plug-ins, including ones for

The discussion then moved to permalink structure (use Custom: /%postname%/ – don’t worry about changing post titles or URIs, as WordPress will redirect appropriately) and then talked about speeding up WordPress.

Since page speed is now becoming a ranking factor (the primary reason I moved my hosting to Amazon EC2, and will be changing over to the Thesis theme), you should make sure your WordPress site is responding as quick as possible.

WP Total Cache is a powerful plug-in which will cache WordPress pages, so the data is pulled from a static file, instead of multiple database queries. Enabling Gzip compression will compress data coming out of the server, allowing it to transfer to the browser faster, and then automatically decompress and be displayed to the user. Google is a big fan of this!

Of course, if you have a popular blog, you’ll soon realize your content is being pulled from your RSS feed republished on other blogs. There’s a plug-in for this problem, which will give you a backlink from the auto-blog site back to yours.

A couple of other SEO plug-ins were covered, including Headspace and the All in One SEO Pack, but Jon warned that since these plug-ins do so much, if it breaks, a lot breaks with it.

Other plug-ins covered include:

At this point, Jon was going beyond SEO and I lost interest. The session was a good one to attend, but there were a lot of resources to write down. I think it would have worked better if he gave a single URL that listed all of the resources mentioned in the slides.

When the videos from Affiliate Summit are released, I encourage you to watch this session (if you had a Gold or higher pass). There were plenty of good ideas shared, and I’ll be using many of them to work on improving my blogs.

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