With all the options and noise about SEO, how can you believe what everybody is saying? I’ve ran into multiple blogs, with authors claiming to be ‘gurus’ or ‘experts’ on the topic. However when I compare their findings or ‘knowledge’ more often than not they contradict themselves. One way to be fully sure about what Google likes and dislikes is to actually read their guidelines. You can also check out Youtube videos from the head of Google’s Webspam team, Matt Cutt.
If you want your content to be found organically, you should consider using search engine optimization (SEO) tools to get better search engine result rankings. SEO tools are especially helpful for businesses, as they can help you sell more products, bring in more visitors, and outrank your competitors. Here are 15 of the best WordPress SEO plugins for you to check out and see if they’re the right fit for you or your business.
Smart SEO auto-checks the post that you are making as you are making it and gives you a Smart SEO score. You can use this score to revise your post to improve your search engine results. Smart SEO also helps you create a title intelligently.
Keyword Finder can provide you with the most-searched keywords. You can write your posts around this information, and your search engine ranking will improve. One particularly nice thing about this tool is that it works for 189 languages. You can also try this tool before you purchase it to see if it’s right for you.
Google+ Author Information in Search Results
In some Google searches, an author’s face appears next to the search result. This is because the author’s Google+ profile is linked with the post. This plugin lets you replace your author links with links to the author’s Google+ profile. This could potentially get you more viewers as it adds credibility.
Creating your own website can be an intimidating task if you don’t have a background in web design. The good news is that there are a lot of tools to help you make a website in minutes, and you don’t have to know any HTML! Some of these tools are so powerful that the average visitor will have no clue that you didn’t create your website from scratch. Furthermore, a lot of these tools are free.
So, what are you waiting for? Read the list of the 20 best website building tools below to find out which one is right for you.
Wix makes web design as easy as it comes. You simply choose a template, customize it, and then publish it online. They have tons of templates to choose from, so it won’t be obvious that you make your website with a website building tool.
Weebly has a very robust platform for website creation, yet it’s intuitive. It’s a great option for teachers, since it can allow teachers to create a website and have students create websites. The student websites can be moderated and managed.
Edicy is a nice website building tool to use if you’re a professional. Many templates that the website has available are classy and simple. As an added bonus, Edicy has support for creating multilingual websites.
Whether you’re going travelling with your camera, or simply looking to diversify your portfolio by exploring further afield at home, knowing how to take photographs in different types of environment is crucial.
A one-size-fits-all approach will severely compromise your ability to take the best shots, but simply knowing a few basic tips can give your results a serious boost. Brushing up on location-specific advice before heading out is therefore well worthwhile.
When heading to the coast with your camera, make sure to take along a lens cloth so that you can prevent any sand or sea salt compromising the quality of your shots. A bag will give protection to your equipment when it’s not in use.
Many people who take photographs at the beach fall into the trap of standing and snapping the horizon. While this is certainly beautiful to the eye, it doesn’t always translate well as a still image – adding foreground interest is crucial.
Add some depth to your shot by making sure you frame something towards the front. A boat or pier work well, but something as simple as a pile of driftwood can make all the difference. Landscape photographer Adam Burton recommends looking out for wooden groynes too.
Keep the horizon straight, but make sure you don’t always place it directly across the centre of your viewfinder. Include more of the sky if there is a beautiful pattern of clouds or unusual colours, or move the shot downwards if the beach is more interesting.
The increasing sophistication of cameras and accessories means that underwater photography is becoming achievable for a wider range of hobbyists. This environment can be extremely tricky to work with, but it also provides some of the most spectacular results.
A DSLR camera in waterproof housing is an essential in this environment, but another piece of recommended equipment is a specially-designed strobe light, as the water limits the amount of natural light. For this reason, you should always shoot toward the surface.
Beginners can experiment by shooting in a swimming pool or by snorkelling close to the surface of a natural body of water, but the most impressive photos usually come from those who are comfortable scuba diving in the areas with the most diverse range of marine life.
Experienced hobbyists and professionals will head out on sunny days when the water is calm – waves disturb the sand bed, meaning that more debris is suspended in the water. You can find more underwater photography tips on the National Geographic website.
As one of the most popular techniques of content marketing, information graphics (aka infographics) are hot stuff in today’s digital marketing community.
But with many proclaiming their popularity to be short-lived – all in all ‘a bit of a fad’ – there is a risk that if done badly, infographics could get a bad reputation and be wiped off the face of the marketing map quicker than hitting ‘spam’.
So what to do?
Start with the clients
The journey to match your clients’ needs with their promotional campaign is a long one, and there are many processes to nail before your infographics can take centre stage online. After working around a topic which compliments your client’s line of business, it’s time to brainstorm ideas.
Use this time and your resources to research how you could make your infographic both interesting to the reader, and appealing and relevant to whichever site you outreach to.
Gather decent data
Depending on your industry, theme or infographic idea, there are numerous ways to get decent data – which both your audience will love and is relevant to your design. Claire Stokoe, who spoke at LinkLove 2013, gives a great rundown of where to find FREE data to create awesome infographics if you’re creating any graphics centred on movies, cars, education, money, jobs, fashion, geography, sex, healthy travel, sport, retail, tech and food.
Promote, promote, promote!
As well as your client’s potential customers, it‘s worth choosing three primary target groups. This will make your infographics more appealing when you come to share it. Like common marketing practices, it is tempting to tell ‘everyone’ about your products when really you should target users who would be most interested – the same rule applies when promoting your infographics and getting your image placed on authoritative sites.
Once you’ve identified your targets, where are they likely to spend the most time online? Identify outreach targets using LinkedIn groups and the site’s search facility. If you get talking to webmasters, you have more of a chance of getting your infographics hosted. Or you can increase click-throughs and views if you simply post the link to the group.
Secondly, turn to Reddit to post and promote your infographics. All you need is an account and it enables you to upload your content by content type, and by theme. This will help you target your audience more easily and get the views, shares, likes, repins and RTs you’re after.
The WineHive is a modular honeycomb wine rack that can grow with your wine collection. The elegant fractal design packs flat for efficient shipping, and is available in a beautiful Silver Satin Anodize and Black Satin Anodize that will look great in your kitchen, dining room, and bar.
“I See You” features googly eyes peering in every direction. This hand-screened paper is available in a black and white colorway.
Embrace is an award winning piece of furniture, designed to store modern media such as DVDs, CDs, books and magazines.
This smart piece of furniture naturally forms two low modern tables that are then embraced together in order to form a storage unit / magazine rack / occasional table. While apart the small tables also function well as a laptop table, a bench and desk for kids … or even as serving tray for breakfast in bed.
Our modern-day obsessions with apocalyptic scenarios is quite overwhelming. People have been predicting the end of the world for centuries. Feel free to check out an entire list of predictions of the end of the world. However for some strange reason, these so-called predictions are constantly being postponed. What gives?
Now don’t take this the wrong way, I’m in no way shape or form hoping for the apocalypse to happen. I’m simply stating the fact that you should always take end time scenarios or the end of the world predictions with a grain of salt. Just because movies, video games, internet, books, and other means of information offer false information about the end of the world, doesn’t mean you have to buy into it.
I’m sure you remember the whole December 21, 2012 drama. Right? Millions of gullible people actually thought that the world was going to end. The icing on the cake is that numerous smart individuals and companies made a great amount of money on people’s ignorance. Compared to our entire global population, only a few people actually bothered to do the research about the Mayan Civilization. This ‘event’ proved to me that there is an abundant amount of mentally deficient people on Earth.
Since 2012 many people thought: “How would the planet look without us?” Since the apocalypse didn’t actually happen, this question tickled my fancy too. Seeing countless digital artworks depicting the apocalypse, I still wanted to get a more realistic representation. This persuaded me to search for the closest thing related, which are abandoned places and modern ruins.
So if you’ve ever wondered how the planet would look without us, you’re in luck. Today we collected beautiful, breathtaking, and gloomy photographs of abandoned places. Each and every picture depicts the kind of beauty from which nightmares are born. They’ll give you a visual clue about how life might be once we’re all gone. It will show you how mother nature takes swift control of human made landscapes, architecture, and environments. Enjoy!
Abandoned Mill @ Sorrento, Italy
Abandoned subway depot in Cincinnati
Art is a form of expression. This statement has been reinforced by health care professionals who have recognized art as a type of therapy and the way mood is affected by color. You have probably noticed the same effects on yourself. Whether it was from looking at an image of pain, or a happy photo of bright flowers bathed in sunlight art can create moods.
Art is a form of communication that was developed before the written word. It was used to pass on valuable information. The images created a valuable source of insight into what the person was thinking or feeling at the time it was made. Humans, as social creatures, are conditioned from an early age to not only express ourselves, but learn to identify the mental state of others.
A therapeutic discipline with roots in both art and psychology was developed in the mid-20th century. Its practice revolves around enabling people to overcome physical, mental, and emotional disabilities and trauma. The proper application of this therapy has been found to provide patients with an alternative method of communication when verbal interaction is not feasible.
Emotions such as fear, stress, anger, happiness and many more can be portrayed in the images that are created by the patient undergoing art therapy. The non-verbal communication is a great asset to patients who are not able or uncomfortable talking.
Influence of Colors
Colors in art can also be used to change or enhance your mood. Lively colors will often give a person a feeling of generally having more energy, while darker colors can bring a sense of melancholy.
Finding an effective calendar plugin for WordPress, isn’t easy. This is where we come in and help. You clearly need a functional calendar plugin with multiple options. So we decided to select the best premium calendar plugins for you to check out.
Every plugin listed below is from CodeCanyon, which is a big marketplace for all sort of plugins. The authors behind these plugins are pros at what they do. Why is this important? Considering many free WordPress plugins out there are complete crap, you’ll simply waste your time and probably get little to no support. If you purchase a premium WordPress plugin, you’re guaranteed a plugin that works and swift support from the creator.
When I first started out with WordPress, I was a cheap bastard. I would always stay away from buying plugins and spend my entire time finding the perfect free plugin. This consisted of me trying out various plugins, figuring out all the setting for every one and then deciding which one worked the best. Even thou the plugins were free, I failed to realize that my time spent on finding an ok solution was time wasted.
Time = Money. Therefore I was wasting money in order to save money, which didn’t make any logical sense. I learned this a while back and will never make the same mistake again. Without a doubt there are so many awesome free plugins for WordPress, I use many free plugins myself. However when I need something done right, I don’t have the time to play patty cake. I need a good premium plugin from a trusted seller that will solve my problem.
Below you’ll find a handful of great calendar plugins for WordPress. One of them is bound to fit your exact needs.
Calendarize it was designed for general use. This means that it has a rich set of features, and if you purchase it, you will likely find multiple ways to use it. You can easily customize the look of the calendar by changing the font and background. You can also create boxes for events to display on the calendar. There are add-ons available that can further increase the calendar’s functionality. You can also try this calendar out before you purchase it.
This calendar has a simple, minimalistic design. It’s also very responsive and displays well on mobile devices. You can easily set events on the calendar, and you can choose any color you would like for the event. You can also change the look of the calendar itself by manipulating the CSS. You can’t go wrong with this calendar, since it’s both easy to use and nice to look at. If you want additional functionality, there are add-ons available.
Booking System PRO
This is a good calendar plugin to use if you are taking reservations for something, like a restaurant or a hotel. You can manipulate the CSS template to customize the calendar. Booking System PRO also lets you have booking information for groups. PayPal is integrated with this system, so you can easily withdraw your money. Lastly, this plugin has support for multiple languages. To get an idea if this calendar and booking system is right for you, you can watch several demos and try a live preview.