December 27, 2014

GrabPress WordPress Plugin For Quality Videos Now Served Here

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We’re trying out a new WordPress plugin for this blog to enhance the amount and value of articles here. They will be in the form of videos and the feed for them will be through the GrabPress plugin created by Grab Media, and auto-posted at least once a day. So far, the sources I have chosen for the videos are Martha Stewart Living and LeGourmet.tv. Those two should be family friendly enough for all my readers. I hope that there will be some interesting recipes the plugin will auto-post for me. No, this isn’t a cooking blog per se, but food cooked by my ancestors is one of my interests, so it’s not too far off the mark. ;)

If you’re considering using GrabPress on your WordPress blog it is very easy to download the plugin and upload it to your blog via your dashboard. From there, you will find how to customize it using the “gear” looking icon in your left menu bar.

How GrabPress Works

The Grabpress plugin gives your editors the power of our constantly updating video catalog from the dashboard of your WordPress CMS. Leveraging automated delivery, along with keyword feed curation, the Grabpress plugin delivers article templates featuring video articles that compliment the organic content creation your site offers.

As an administrator, you may use Grabpress to set up as many feeds as you desire, delivering content based on intervals you specify. You may also assign these feeds to various owners, if your site has multiple editors, and the articles will wait in your drafts folder until you see a need to publish. Additionally, for smaller sites, you can automate the entire process, publishing automatically and extending the reach of your site without adding work to your busy day.

To get started, select a channel from our catalog, hone your feed by adding keywords, set your posting interval, and check the posting options (post interval, player style, save as draft or publish) for that feed to make sure the specifications meet your needs. Click the preview feed button to see make sure your feed will generate enough content and that the content is what you are looking for. If the feed seems to be right for you, save the feed and you will start getting new articles delivered to your site at the interval you specified.

I’m not an affiliate of Grab-Media, so this is just an informational article for WordPress blog authors.

 

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Pin Button Attraction Can Cause Traffic Explosion

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Adding Pin Button Attraction Can Cause Serious Traffic Explosions

There’s a new kid on the WordPress plugin block, and this blog is now using it to enhance the traffic we already have.

What makes Pin Button Attraction special? 

Pin Button Attraction is so easy to install and use. After purchasing it, I received my email with a link to the download location; it took just a few seconds to download the plugin and install it on this blog. [Note: always back up your blog before installing new plugins!] Next, I adjusted the settings to my preferences and that was it, it was ‘live’.

What is Pin Button Attraction for?

 

You know Pinterest is all the rage now and it doesn’t look like it’s going to fade away anytime soon. Now is the time to take advantage of that by allowing your images on your WordPress blog to be “pinned” by other people. The way it works is that when someone clicks an image to see it larger it has your own Pinterest pin button right on it to make it easy for them! Here, take a look at what I mean…

This is from a recent blog post about some Kentucky War of 1812 Veterans that you can view at War Of 1812 Veterans KY – John Hurt and Josiah Beckett

You have a choice in the settings for the plugin to have just the Pin It button, or the Follow Me on Pinterest one, or both. I will eventually change my setting and just include the Pin It button hereafter.

Imagine This Pin Button Scenario

You come here and like one of my images. Click on it to make it bigger and up comes the image with a Pin It button on it. You say, “Hey, Carol’s images are so cool. I’d like to pin some to one of my boards”. Click, click, click and off my images go to whirl around the interwebs creating backlinks to my blog and therefore creating link love and joy. Imagine that feature on your blog too, multiply it by a gazillion times and we all get lots more people visiting and enjoying our blogs. Win-Win!

This is an affiliate post, but I believe this is a great plugin and that’s why I’m recommending it. Interested? Get Pin Button Attraction for your WordPress blog.


Is There Such A Thing As Too Socially Connected? Nope!

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Article first published as Is There Such a Thing as Too Socially Connected? Nope! on Technorati.

Facebook, Twitter and now Google+? Aare we just like dogs chasing our social networking tails?  Obviously, those three are just a very abbreviated example of all the ways to be socially connected, but have you ever considered just how “out there” in the social universe you really are?

In just the last week my friends and I on Facebook have been discussing how we spend so much time on keeping up socially online that we aren’t spending that time doing what would be more productive or valuable.  Have you kept track of how long it takes you to check into Facebook, read the updates from family, friends and business associates? Now, multiply that by all the other sites you check daily, or at least weekly.  We all know they’re referred to as “time wasters”, but are they really?  No matter what, when you submit a written word anywhere online that is a form of “social networking”.

Put Your Online Social Life On Auto Pilot

Can you put any of them on automatic pilot, so to speak?  My niche happens to be in the genealogy world.  Even there I find myself sharing links, promoting other genealogy blogs and tweeting with hashtags like #genealogy #history and most recently #SCGS11 for the Southern CA Genealogical Society 2011 Jamboree in Burbank this month.

Here’s what I do to keep in touch and yet not have to do anymore than hit the submit button.

On my iPentimento | Genealogy and History blog (WordPress self-hosted), when I post a new article it automatically is sent to Twitter which in turn also submits it to Facebook. It was as simple as giving permission to either site to perform that action.  This is built right into the WordPress backend.

Plugins on my blog enable me to add links to my own previous articles, as well as new products, blogs and share reviews.  Here are some of the plugins I use:

AddThis: An oldie, but a goodie because it makes it super easy for your reader to share your content with others. It’s also great to utilize for adding blog juice (SEO) to your site. AddThis

CMF Ads: I’m able to display other blog’s 125 X 125 link ads and they in turn host a link to mine. It’s kind of like a blogroll but with images. (Ben Barden) CMF Ads

CommentLuv: the big daddy of social commenting just launched a new version and it’s now possible to leave comments on CommentLuv enabled sites and no longer worry about getting ‘banned’ when the CL server isn’t able to pick up your feed. As a plus, CommentLuv just this week is now hosted by a new server that’s more efficient than ever. (Andy Bailey) CommentLuv

TwitterLink Comments: Another nifty social plugin by Andy Bailey but it’s purpose is to reward your commentor with a place to add their Twitter name. It’s a plugin to show a link to follow the comment author on twitter if they have entered in their username at least once in the comment form. TwitterLink Comments

Thank Me Later: Automatically sends a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. Thank Me Later

WordPress PlusOne This: New plugin by Dennis Hernandez it automatically adds Google’s PlusOne button to your posts. WordPress PlusOne This

The point here is that getting your presence out there in the online social world involves a little initial effort to adopt all the ways to initiate it, but once you do, it’s almost automatic.

 

 

 

 

EasyAzon WP Plugin Makes Earning A Snap

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I’ve just started using a new WordPress plugin called EasyAzon which, as you might have guessed, is for use with Amazon purchases.  One of the reasons I’ve adopted it is because I’m always looking for ways to integrate automatic monetization using this blog.  Also, one of the things I’ve noticed is that Kindle’s are really coming down in price and if you would like to buy one through my site it helps to promote this blog.

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Check out EasyAzon today and let me know what you think!

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