Category Archives: Reviews

Wordpress Plugins: Make Your Blog Do Amazing Things

Do you know what makes Wordpress so popular? While Wordpress is very lean and thin just out of the box, it can be extended to do some amazing things by using plugins, that extend its functionality. There are plugins to display RSS feed data in the blog, replace text by affiliate links automatically, create a tweet whenever you post… the list is endless.

Yet there are times when you feel that you need a plugin that will do a specific task that you want your blog to do and you cannot locate a plugin for that. Why bother with freelance programmer sites, paying crazy money to people you don’t even know are reliable to create your plugin.

The excellent Wordpress plugin tutorial and source code reference site makes it very easy to write your own plugin. Since you refer to an existing plugin source code and adapt it from there, you can write your new plugin very easily… and quickly.

Nothing to beat the feeling of having created your own plugin and make it do exactly what you want is wonderful. Have a look at the write your own wordpress plugin site. You will love it!

Posterous.com: Blogging by Email

So you don’t want to login to your blog’s admin panel and create a new blog post? And you don’t want to bother with uploading images and linking to them? You will take none of the nonsense related to embedding YouTube videos in your posts? Not even thinking of multiple images and image galleries and all that techno-geek stuff?

Have heart. You can still blog – just by sending an email. Here’s how:

Just send an email to post@posterous.com. Put your headline in the subject and write whatever you want to post, in the body. Want to embed a YouTube video. Just include a link. Need to include images? Attach them. PDF, Word, MP3 – all accepted. Send and your post is done. How’s that for ease?

Check out my ebizindia.posterous.com blog. Put a comment if you like the idea and free reports. Subscribe by RSS and you will be informed the moment I make the next post. Enjoy! Life is simple. So is blogging – by email.

 

Creating a Resume? Why not create a blog instead?

I came across this interesting concept while going through the new book by David Meerman ScottThe New Rules of Viral Marketing. While most of the job seekers are writing the resumes where they are talking about what degrees thay have, the recruiters are looking for real world experiences, domain expertise and are analysing how you can help their organisation.

If you setup a blog where you share your experiences with handling complicated situations, demanding customers, technical challenges and whatever else that matters for your position, your prospective employers will definitely treat you in an entirely different way. You will quickly stand out from the crowd with the polished resumes. Yes, you need to have your resume too but include the vital details and refer prominently to your blog – and see the jobs rain on you. Stop looking for that job and start posting on your blog. The jobs will start looking for you!

If you are at a loss about how to setup that blog, you can contact Rentablogger, the blog setup professionals.

Mark Joyner Offers Free Blogging Course

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

Want Your Blog Featured on Other Blogs? Try Blogrush

John Reese, the master marketer and the guy who had the first of the famous million-dollar launches, has introduced a novel shared blog promotion concept – the Blogrush. This is very simple to implement (I took 1 minute to sign-up to Blogrush and 1 minute to add the Blogrush widget to this blog). Based on the erstwhile ad exchange concept but relying on content exchange instead of ads, this is set to create a big flutter in the blogosphere. Specially with the clout that John Reese enjoys.

Read the full details about Blogrush and then sign-up. It is going to be huge!

Semiologic New Version (4.3.3) Released

The new version of Semiologic has been released and if you want to get your blog updated, we can do so for a nominal $25 per blog. If you are not aware of Semiologic, it is a powerful blogging and content management system based on the Wordpress engine that includes several SEO enhancements and other tools to really add pizzas to your blogging.

You can write to the address provided in the Semiologic support center or write to me at arun AT ebizindia DOT com. Please remember that you should not try to get a pirated copy of Semiologic installed or updated as we will verify every order as being one from a genuine Semiologic customer.

Enjoy your blogging!

Make Your Blog Popular: Submit To RSS Directories

While it is important to submit to blog directories for increasing your link popularity, another important avenue that gets missed easily is RSS directories. Here’s how you can do this easily…

Almost all the blogging systems including Wordpress have an associated RSS feed that gets updated whenever you post to the blog. For Wordpress, the feed can be found at http://www.domain.com/wp-rss2.php or http://www.domain.com/blog/wp-rss2.php as the case may be. Now search for RSS directories and you will find quite a large list of good directories.

One such RSS directory is here. You should generally browse to the category that most closely matches the topic of your site and then click on ‘Add your site‘. Enter the required information and submit.

While some of the directories will include your site right away, most of them have human editors who review your site before inclusion. Therefore, it is a waste of time to submit junk sites because they will get rejected anyway.