Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Turbocharge Your Internet Marketing Efforts

27 Apr

This is a list of 10 most important WordPress plugins that you should install in order to get a blog that has excellent functionality and high traffic. The plugins are in order of importance. If you feel that you don’t want to install all of them in one day be sure to start with the more important ones!

  1. HeadSpace 2: WordPress SEO Made Simple

    All in one SEO you have been deposed. HeadSpace provides you with the features you need to drive your site to the top. People spend way to much time working on SEO and too little time writing great content. This plugin let’s you put your focus back where it belongs. It takes care of all the SEO work that your blog will need.

  2. WPtouch iPhone Theme –

    The Mobile web is a big reality u need to be compatible. This plugin allows you to instantly and effortlessly transform your website into a mobile paradise. Whenever a mobile user accesses your blog a pleasant looking lighter version designed specially for mobile devices is presented. This is a must have for 2010.

  3. SEO Smart Links –

    Do you inter-link your articles? You should. Linking within an article to other articles is a great way to build Page Rank throughout your site and it’s a great way to get readers to find your other articles on similar subjects. This plugin will interlink keywords to your other articles for you.

  4. SEO Slugs –

    Using your entire post title as the slug for the article can make web addresses long and it can waste the opportunity to focus on using your keywords. This plugin strips out all the unnecessary words from the permalink for you so that you don’t have to.

  5. Google Analyticator –

    Google Analyticator allows you to use Google Analytics to track visitors to your blog without having to add the tracking code manually to your WordPress blog. If you aren’t using google analytics already u are seriously missing the boat and if you aren’t combining analyticator with wordpress you are wasting lots of time clicking between windows.

  6. Akismet –

    This plugin automatically checks all the comments and trackbacks people leave to your blog to see if any of them is spam. This is a super basic one but if you aren’t using it you hate your email. Get this installed, It is totally automatic, so you don’t have to do anything (if you don’t want to). Akismet comes together with WordPress, but in order to activate it, you need a API key. You can get one by signing up at wordpress.com

  7. Google XML Sitemaps –

    This plugin generates a XML sitemap of your blog each time you write a new post and lets Google and other search engine know of new content. Without Google XML Sitemaps it could take Google weeks to make your new article findable from their search engine, but with XML Sitemaps they will always know if you have new content.

  8. WordPress Related Posts –

    If a reader enjoys one of your articles then one of the best things that you can do is to put some more articles in front of them to keep them digging through your site.

  9. Subscribe to Comments –

    This plugin gives your readers an opportunity to subscribe to comments left to a particular post. New comments are automatically emailed to the user.

  10. Show Top Commentators Widget –

    This plugin automatically counts who are your blogs top commentators and shows them with a link to their website on a sidebar. This is a great way to increase the comments left to your blog because it gives your readers the chance to benefit from your blogs traffic.

Bonus Plug in

  1. Backtype Tweetcount

    If you’re using the TweetMeMe tweet counter badge on your blog then kill it right now. Don’t require your users to authorize another program to access their Twitter account just to share a link to your site. If you aren’t already using tweetmeme then you need to know this plugin will automatically allow users to re-tweet your twitter account with a link to the content in your blog post. (one of the best traffic generation tools currently active on the internet)

Cure Social Media Email Overload – Introducing Alerts Grader from Hubspot

27 Apr

If You are anything like me you have an email address (or three) that route to your mobile phone , you have at least one twitter account, linkedin, facebook, multiple sets of google alerts, etc….and the bottom line is all of the emails about new friends, followers, direct messages and more can be downright irritating or distracting. Worry no longer. A new free tool form the great folks at hubspot will filter all of that inbound info for you and corral it into daily digest format unless it hits a defined level of importance as defined by you and the ranking of the source of the alert 9as filtered by hubspot’s awesome grader system)

Alerts Grader is different from all of HubSpot’s other free tools because it isn’t a one-time analysis that runs metrics on your various web outposts and properties. Those are valuable too, but this unique tool is something you register for. It requires a bit more setup than the others, but if you’re into the realtime web — things like Google Alerts, Twitter, and LinkedIn — it could provide you with a valuable metrics-based service.

Alerts Grader can compress the most persistent Email alert messages into simple daily digests sorted by their HubSpot-prescribed grades.

“You’re letting HubSpot be the middleman in your alerts,” explained Chris Keller(— the RazrDude himself). “But in doing so, you can decide whether you want to receive them based on a threshold you set up.”

The tool also provides valuable LinkedIn account data and can grade the relevance and reliability of the sources behind your Google Alerts — BINGO!

The value is in combining all of these services.

Whether you’re an alerts fanatic or not, Alerts Grader is worth hearing about because it’s taking HubSpot’s technology for something like grading Twitter accounts and letting you filter it by way of HubSpot’s proven grading system.

( excerpt above from http://bostinnovation.com/2010/04/27/inundated-with-emails-try-hubspots-alert-grader/ )

below is a Quick Tour of AlertsGrader by hubspot.

Foursquare & Explore Chicago Release Chicago Themed Foursquare Badges

18 Apr

Three Chicago-Themed Badges

Foursquare users can earn special three Chicago ‘badges’ by checking in at a number of citywide locations relevant to one of three iconic Chicago themes: Chicago Blues, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Chicago film locations.

What is Foursquare?

Foursquare is a FREE downloadable game for smart phones and other mobile Internet devices. Users sign up for an account and ‘check in’ at different attractions around the city: museums, cafes, bars, restaurants and parks, for example, to earn points and interact with other users by leaving tips for them to discover.

Download Foursquare here!

Read the full article: Foursquare | Explore Chicago.

List of Active FourSquare Badges

17 Apr

Active Foursquare Badges

(originally published at http://www.iwasaround.com/social-media/foursquare-badge-list/)

NOTE: The default text is replaced with the requirements when they are found.

NEWBIE

Awarded for your first check in.

ADVENTURER

Check in to 10 different venues.

EXPLORER

Check in to 25 different venues.

SUPERSTAR

Check in to 50 different venues.

BENDER

Check in 4 nights in a row.

CRUNKED

Check in 4 times in a night.

LOCAL

Check in at the same place 3x in a week.

SUPERUSER

Check in 30 times in a month.

PLAYER PLEASE

Check in with 3 members of the opposite sex.

SCHOOL NIGHT

Check in after 3am on a school night.

FAR FAR AWAY

(Geo-Dependant) Checking in outside the city “boundaries”.

BROOKLYN 4 LIFE

Check in 25+ times in Brooklyn, NY.

PHOTOGENIC

Check in 3 times with a venue having a photobooth.

SOCIALITE

“Keep this up and you’re going to end up on Valleywag with Julia Allison”

GOSSIP GIRL

“Spotted: A true foursquare socialite. Chuck Bass would be impressed. xoxo”

DOUCHEBAG

Achievement for checking into places tagged “douchebag”.

ANIMAL HOUSE

“Off the wagon appreciates your business. COLLEGE!”

ZIGGY’S WAGON

Check in with 3 food wagons.

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’

Check in to 3 venues tagged “karaoke” in a month.

GYM RAT

Check in to a gym 10 times in 30 days.

OVERSHARE

Check in 10 times in 12 hours.

TRAINSPOTTER

Check in with the SF BART 10 times.

JETSETTER

Check in to 5 airports.

16 CANDLES

Send 5 birthday shout outs.

ZOETROPE

Have 10 movie theater check ins .

PIZZAIOLO

Check in to 20 different pizza places.

JOBS

Check in to 3 Apple Stores.

WARHOL

Check in to 10 different venues tagged “gallery”

BABYSITTER

Check in to 10 playgrounds.

SWARM

Check in a spot with 50+ people.

SUPER MAYOR

Be the Mayor of 10 venues at once.

I’M ON A BOAT!

Check in to a venue tagged ‘boat’

Corporate Foursquare Badges

YARD BIRD

Congrats on mastering Harvard Yard on Foursquare! You’re looking (and acting) smarter all the time.

METRO

Thanks for Waking up with the Metro! You’ve checked in near Metro pickup locations on 3 different mornings!

JOURNAL METRO

Merci d’être matinal avec Métro! Félicitations! Vous avez déverrouillé le badge Métro.

THRIVING IRONY

Awarded for checking in to the Thriving Ivory Fillmore Show. (San Francisco)

BRAVO NEWBIE

Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step into the BRAVO world. (It’s not as scary as it sounds!)

REAL HOUSEWIFE

Way to drink, eat, shop, and spa like a Real Housewife!

TOP CHEF

You eat the best from hot dogs to haute cuisine. That’s 5 checkins at Zagat Rated spots!

FASHIONISTA

You’ve found the key to BRAVO’s Launch My Line insignia. Now, go find us some sales!

FOODIE

You eat the best from hot dogs to haute cuisine. That’s 5 checkins at Zagat Rated spots!

TRANSIT CHAMPION

Holy moly transit champ, You sure know how to get around Metro Vancouver! Thanks for going green and riding with TransLink!

VALENTINE’S DAY

Ooh la la! This is your 2nd checkin at a great date spot for Valentine’s Day.

NY TIMES OLYMPIAN

You’ve just checked into a venue recommended by The New York Times during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Go for the gold!

BOXEE FAN

You took the L train to Brooklyn to attend a software party! Pretty hardcore.

SxSW 2009 Badges

FAR FAR AWAY

Awarded for checking in outside of down town Austin.

PANEL NERD

Awarded for checking in 3 days in a row before noon.

SLUT

Awarded for checking in to 3 different hotels.

REDFORD

Nice job sneaking off to see some films (one of the best parts of SXSWi). Gold Badges unite!

PORKY

Awarded for checking into a BBQ restaurant.

TRIFECTA

Name-Brand Party Trifecta! You hit 3 of the big 6: Frog / Digg / Facebook / Goog / 32-Bit / The Decider

ENTOURAGE

Awarded when 10 friends checked in after you.

PV BENDER

Check in 3 nights at the PV House.

SURVIVAL

Check into the SxSW 2009 at some point.

DIGG SHINDIGG

Awarded for checking into the DIGG Party.

KARAOKE RV!

Awarded for checking into the Karaoke RV.

PARTY CRASHER

Awarded for checking into the BrightKite/Dandy ID Party. SPIES!

CES 2010 Badges

INTEL INSIDER

Intel would like to welcome you to CES! Remember, what happens in Vegas ends up on Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook. Drinks on us!

INTEL ALL EARS

Shhhhhhhhh! Otellini speaks! Intel + CES 2010 FTW!

INTEL WORK IT

Thanks for joining Intel at CES! Exercise that Core!

CES 2010

Awarded for checking in at CES 2010

Internet Week Badges

INTERNETZ WEEK

Awarded for checking in during Internet Week.

DOT COM BALLER

“Look at you in your fancy suit up on that fancy roof! You’re the Young Jeezy of the NY Tech scene!”

TRIFECTA

Name-Brand Party Trifecta! You hit 3 of the big 5: Ignite / Yelp / Digg/ Thrillist / College Humor / Webutante Ball!

I’M ON A BOAT!

Check in to a party at The Hotel on Rivington.

WEBBY

Awarded for checking in at the Webby Awards.

Restaurant Owner Increases Sales by 110% with Foursquare Swarm Badge Party

15 Apr

Originally from Hubspot (those guys rock)

How do you attract a flash mob of 150+ people to your restaurant? Offer the possibility of a Foursquare Swarm Badge, of course!

Last week, restaurant owner Joe Sorge attracted 161 Foursquare users at the same time to his burger joint in Milwaukee, AJ Bombers (pretty impressive considering there are approximately only 300-400 total Foursquare users in the area). Even more impressive is the fact that the restaurant more than doubled its typical Sunday sales, with an increase of 110% that day.

Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/5697/Restaurant-Owner-Increases-Sales-by-110-with-Foursquare-Swarm-Badge-Party.aspx#ixzz0lCh3kLjL

Four Square Day Tomorrow!! 4 -16-2010 (the first ever social media holiday)

15 Apr

Foursquare day the first social media holidayIf you haven’t heard about Foursquare yet you need to it it the rapidly growing social media app that really makes local marketing important.

The concept is simple. use your mobile phone and “check-in” a different locations this check-in is visible to your friends and lets you earn special badges for being a regular or even become “the mayor” of a particular location.

For the first timme businesses can really turn customer loyaty into a viral experience because all of a users checkins are publised to twitter and or facebook with a link to venue details. potentially driving huge foot traffic.

Tomorrow 4/16/2010 is officially foursquare day (the first social media holiday) see how it all happened here: http://blog.4sqday.com/about/

or keep up on the latest foursquare day news here: http://blog.4sqday.com/