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Best Plugins for Managing Multiple WordPress Blogs

Blogs seem to be like tattoos: As soon as you have one, you want to get another one. Yet managing multiple blogs can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. You have to log in and out of your different accounts, update the same plugins across multiple sites, and end up doing dozens of other tasks for each site, causing you to duplicate your efforts and take up a lot of your time.

There are plugins that can help you to manage multiple WordPress blogs and make these tasks a bit easier. Here are our picks for the best plugins for managing multiple WordPress blogs.

Manage WP Worker

Install this plugin to get one-click access to the admin of any WP site that you manage. You can use it to bulk install themes and plugins; update WordPress, themes and plugins on all your sites; bulk publish posts; track your analytic; and more. You can also use the plugin to schedule automatic backups of all your sites using a cloud storage service. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/worker/

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WP Remote

Once you install the WP Remote plugin on each of your sites, you can log into the online dashboard and manage all your sites from one location. You can create off-site backups of all your sites instantly and can bulk update all your themes and plugins. You can add as many sites to WP Remote as you like, and the service is free.

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Networks for WordPress

You can use this plugin to manage multiple networks from one WordPress login. Each network can have its own plugins, themes, users, and special rules, and this plugin can manage them all from the same location. You can also use the plugin to share resources and users between the networks. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/networks-for-wordpress/

Multisite User Management

Maybe you have one blog that is open to new subscribers, while you have another blog that has specially recruited contributors each with their own level of authority. This plugin can help you to manage all your users across all your sites, adjusting the permissions that you grant each, according to each site. The plugin also allows you to add a user once and then provide permissions for multiple sites. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-user-management/

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You don’t have to spend hours duplicating your efforts across each WordPress site that you manage. You can use one or more of these handy plugins to make your work easier and to cut down on the amount of time you spend managing your sites.

What are some of your favorite plugins or tools for managing multiple WordPress sites? Share your picks and tell us what you love about them in the comments!

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Five Ways to Keep Your Blog Fresh

Most entrepreneurs and companies today know that having a blog is one of the essential elements of success. The blog is another place to grow a brand, engage with customers and potential customers, and to have your own space to talk about things important to you and your business.

Setting up a blog and getting started is relatively easy today. Keeping up with a blog and keeping the content fresh is not always easy though. So, here are five ways keep your blog fresh and can get a better handle on your blog.

Switch Your Design

If you have been using the same theme or template for your site for a year or more, then it might be time to change things up a bit. Start looking at the different premium templates that are on the market today so that you can find one that is going to work well for your needs.

Look at the design of the theme, as well as the different features that it offers. Find something that will work well for your readers and that is not going to be such a departure from your old site that they think they’ve come to the wrong place. Unless you are re-branding, you are going to want to make sure that you keep your logos the same.

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Use Infographics, Photos, and Videos

Sometimes, you might not have the time or the energy to come up with a post. Things can get in the way. Still, you want to make sure that you are posting consistently. Consider some multimedia options for your posts. Infographics are a great option, and you can find many premade graphics if you do not have the time or skill to create your own.

Photos and slide shows can be fun, and an easy way to fill a post without needing to write too much. Videos are another good option, and you will be able to find many different options when it comes to the type of video that you create.

Get Guest Posters to Write for Your Site

Sometimes, you might want to take a bit of a break from your regular writing chores. This happens to everyone. When you want to take a week off from blogging, you should find someone to fill in for you rather than leaving your blog blank.

Look for good guest posters who will be able to write about your niche or a topic near your niche. The post can help to ensure that your visitors still have something to read. When that blogger wants a break from his or her site, you will be able to fill in and write a guest post.

Give Your Readers a Voice

If you feel that your content might be flagging, consider soliciting some information from your readers. Put out a short post asking them about the types of topics they might like to see. When you have your readers adding their input about topics they want to see, you should be able to have enough things to write about for quite a while!

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Write in Advance and Keep Your Blog Fresh

This is a tip that can go a long way in making your blogging life quite a bit easier. Look for some evergreen topics about your niche. If you write about VPN services dangers of not having the service, and others well in advance of when you post.

You can do this because the topics are always going to be relevant. Having these posts as a backup when you don’t have other things to run can help you through slow times.

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How to Start your Own Web Hosting Business

One of the most lucrative businesses you can start right from the comfort of your home is a web hosting company.

I know most of us don’t have the huge investment or infrastructure needed to set up servers and systems, and cannot afford to hire a technical team to manage the operations.

But I am here to tell you that not only can you operate a web hosting business from anywhere with a very small investment, you can actually do so profitably.

Here’s a fact for you: One of the biggest hosting companies on the web, HostGator was founded by Brent Oxley in his dorm room at the University. How did he do it? By becoming a reseller of a large data center company called The Planet (now SoftLayer). It’s the data center that owns and manages the servers, network, and other infrastructure while the reselling company rents space on their servers and sells hosting to its own customers under its brand name.

And that’s what we’ll talk about: Reseller Hosting and how you can create your own hosting company by using other hosting providers’ services. And more importantly, do it with a bare minimum set up.

Reseller Hosting

In reseller hosting, the hosting provider allots you a certain bandwidth and hard drive space which you can utilize for hosting sites of your own clients. The company will also enable you to create your own plans, prices and other services, all with your brand name on it.

Depending on your technical expertise and how small or big you want to start with, you can have the parent host manage most of the support while you act as a communication medium between the host and your clients. So for any technical issues that your client faces, you forward them to the host and they’ll resolve them. That also means you will have to constantly monitor the interface to see if everything’s going smooth on both ends-your customer and the parent host.

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Finding a Good Reseller Hosting Provider

Most of the large hosting companies offer reseller hosting these days. Here are some tips to choose one among them:

  • Compare their rates. Of course, you don’t want to blindly choose the least expensive one, but it helps to know the rates and understand how much you can charge for your own hosting service later.
  • Technical Support. Probably the most important criteria. Check how much technical support your host will provide to your clients. Not all of them offer complete support, so you will need to decide how much customer assistance you can provide yourself. Personally, I’d prefer a company with round the clock support via chat and phone.
  • Uptime: Another crucial factor in deciding a hosting company is its uptime record. If you don’t want to face angry customers later, choose a company that has less than 1% downtime which ensures all the sites hosted on their servers rarely go down.

Promoting your Hosting Service

Once you’ve decided on a hosting company, it’s time to promote your hosting services. Advertise your company in the online classifieds and promote your site via SEO and paid traffic. But don’t limit your advertising only to the internet. You can go to your local businesses and distribute flyers that showcase your services and how they can benefit hosting their sites with you.

Provided you have the budget, you can also sponsor tech. events and networking seminars in your local business community to get more exposure.

If you’re already offering some kind of web services to your clients like web design or programming, tell them about your new hosting service. They are the ones most likely to sign up with you.

Since you would be just starting, you may even launch a discount offer and bulk rates for those who sign up early. Give them the best possible customer service, create attractive hosting plans (of course, don’t promise any features that your own host doesn’t offer!) and encourage them to spread the word about your hosting, thus making your own clients into affiliates.

Once you have a few customers, you can expand your business by hiring employees to take care of the support, maintenance, and minor technical issues.

So there you have it. A profitable online business you can start from home and earn a passive income month on month. All you need is a decent computer and lots of determination and the ability to work hard.

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The Importance of Linkbuilding in Modern SEO

Links are vital for any blog. They can, of course, be understood to have two broad categories: inbound and outbound. They’re both worthwhile. Both types of links can also provide you with valuable information about what type of the niche your blog is appealing to and about how you may be able to market it more effectively. Here are some of the aspects of links that you should consider.

Outgoing Links in Blog Entries

It’s generally accepted that people leaving your site is a bad thing. It’s actually not that simple. When people come to your site and they find a link that leads them to something they really appreciate, you’re making a good impression on them and it’s likely that they’ll come back to your site. They will view your site as a reference, precisely because it is a reference.

When you link to an off-site location in a blog post, make sure that the link is relevant to what the post is about and that it actually enhances the blog post by providing interesting additional information for the reader. Consider, for a moment, that some of the most successful blogs in the world are made up largely of links to content that doesn’t even show up on the blog’s own site.

There are various utilities that allow you to inspect your links to make sure that none of them are broken. Make sure you run one of these once in a while. Search engines don’t like sites that have a lot of broken links on them and, if they start to build up on your site, it may start to have a negative effect on your search engine optimization efforts.

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Inbound Links in Modern SEO

The best kind of inbound link you can have on your blog is an inbound link utilizing your keywords from a site with very high Page Rank and a lot of traffic. These are hard to come by. Most of the time, you’ll be getting links through directories, link swaps with other webmasters and other bloggers and, if you’re lucky, from any blog posts you’ve managed to publish on blogs much larger and more popular than your own. You need to make certain that these inbound links are of a high quality, just as is the case of outgoing links.

If you go to Google, you can execute a search to find out what sites link to your own. The syntax is: “link:TheURL.com” without the quotation marks and with the URL you want to know about replacing the sample URL. This will give you a list of sites that have inbound links to your own. Take a look at them and see if they’re the kind of sites that you actually do want to have inbound links from. If not, you may want to do a bit of reputation management to displace them in importance or get your link removed. Feel free like the kid below in modern SEO!

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Including links in your blog posts to other posts within your site is generally considered to be a good idea, as well. It’s a particularly good idea if it actually serves the reader. It creates a situation where the reader can keep clicking links and going through your content, increasing the amount of time that they spend on your site.

Having good links on your blog can make sure that you are getting the most out of the work you put into it. WordPress templates make it easy to customize the look of your links, which ensures that readers see them and are more likely to click on them. WordPress also has many utilities that allow you to give links a more attractive format than they have by default.

This article is written by: Olga Ionel is an original writer at ThemeFuse.com – a leader in the WordPress themes industry. She is fond of sharing SEO and blogging ideas. If you would like to guest post at RealTimeTricks, check our guest posting guidelines.

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Google Penguin Update: How to Prevent your Site from Getting Affected

Google, as we all know, believes in eliminating scrap from its head and Google penguin update comes as a real-time scraper with tough guidelines for the webmasters. This step is understandable, owing to the unethical practices that prevailed over the net to pull more visitors and generate undue revenues. After all, the duty of a good search engine is to take care of its users.

Here are some cool tips, which can prevent your blog from getting affected (or bring it back on track).

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Say No to Keyword Stuffing

Keyword stuffing refers the addition of keywords to your site’s content repeatedly and unnaturally. This affects the main objective of any article, which is to provide useful info to the readers. Hidden texts for adding keywords are considered spam by Google, and result in downfall of your site’s rankings. Informative and user-friendly write-ups will gain more reputation by Google and you can escape the affect of Google Penguin update.

Participating in Link Exchange Schemes

Irrelevant linking to other blogs in order to enhance the rankings or PR of the site is not a good idea. For instance, a music blog pointing to a photography blog is crap in eyes of Google. It’s the quality of links that matters, not the quantity.

Original and interesting content will automatically persuade others to link to it. So, just concentrate on your being a source of valuable info and you will get fascinating results.

Ads First, Content Second

Google reportedly received lots of complaints from users, who get no relevant information after scrolling through a list of ads. Sites that force the readers to click on ads, or put irrelevant and big images before the articles seem to have suffered.

Write-ups on your site should be highly visible to your readers and should fulfill their appetite for good info. Then, there’s no reason why your site won’t come at the top of search engine rankings.

Remove Low Paying Ads from Your blog or Site

Monitor your Site’s Performance

Site’s loading speed, its compatibility to different browsers and the presence pages & links that search engines can crawl are some of the important points Google likes to pay heed to. Performance gauging tools like PageSpeed, WebPageTest and YSlow should be brought into use amongst others. After all, your objective and that of Google is the same, i.e. to act as a helping hand to visitors starving for top-notch and quality information.

Does your Affiliate Site add Value?

If you are running an affiliate products website, make sure to provide quality content to the users, so they really become excited to buy the product. Misleading and manipulative practices to add zeros to your revenue can definitely harm your site’s rankings to an unprecedented extent, especially after Google’s latest quality-check guidelines.

To cap it all, one golden rule you can follow is to go with user’s comfort and needs. Feel free to post your past experiences, ideas or any additional tips regarding Google Penguin in the comment’s section.

10 Steps to Build a Loyal Fan Following For Your Blog

What’s a blog without a fan following, a not so successful blog? That’s why it’s important to build a fan following, a large group of appreciative people who enjoy reading and sharing your blog’s content. Here’s how you build a fan following.

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1. Request For Cross Promotions – Fan Following

Request authority bloggers to guest post on your blog, and ask them to promote your blog on their networks in return. If you are a subject matter authority with a successful blog, there’s no reason why they should refuse. Request them to promote you especially on the day their guest post appears on your blog. Be sure to return the favor. Or Read: 5 Ways to Get Quality Traffic to Your Blog

2. Catch the Eye of Key Players – Fan Following

Follow key players in your niche area, read their blogs and post authoritative comments on their posts. Grab the attention of their readers. If you like a post of theirs, promote it on your networks, especially on social media. Having a few key niche influences on your side will not hurt your popularity.

3. Be As Interesting As You Can – Fan Following

Distinguish yourself from the average blogger by being unique, bold, frank, interesting and different. Your readers will notice these qualities in you and become your loyal fans. Show that you are an interesting person, and can be funny, caring, likeable and involved as a human being.

4. Become a Subject Matter Authority – Fan Following

The more you know about your industry, the more of an authority you’ll become. People will naturally flock towards you with their questions and need for facts. If you don’t have the answer to a question, do some research and then provide it. This will further earn people’s confidence.

5. Optimize Twitter – Fan Following

Do a keyword search on Twitter for your niche. Follow key niche professionals on Twitter and connect with them. When people follow you, follow those with higher follower ratios. Go the extra mile and visit those people’s blogs and post comments. Network and get them to submit guest posts on your blog.

6. Promote Other Blogs – Fan Following

You can promote any blog; it doesn’t have to be a key player’s blog. The more blogs you promote, the more goodwill you earn as a blogger. When you promote a blog, include the title of the post, the URL of the blog, and the Twitter Id of the blogger. Soon you will see return favors and start to expand your loyal base. Or Read: How To Make Your Blog More Interactive

7. Provide Solutions to People’s Problems – Fan Following

Create a discussion forum on your blog and encourage your readers to share their niche-related issues with you. Provide solutions to their problems and win them over. Go the extra mile and do the same on Twitter and Facebook; search for niche-related questions and wherever possible, share your expertise freely.

8. Create a Special Reader Community Feeling – Fan Following

Make your readers feel extra special. Respond to their comments, and get to know them personally. When someone doesn’t comment for some time, take the time to email them personally and ask if they’re okay. Interact personally with people and make them know you care for them.

9. Stimulate Your Readers’ Thinking – Fan Following

By writing invigorating and challenging posts, get your readers to put on their thinking caps. Ask them questions as to what they think and feel about a particular subject. Start conversations through interesting but non-controversial questions. When people respond, add yourself to the mix and participate.

10. Encourage New Commentators – Fan Following

Sometimes people hesitate to comment, because they don’t want attention. Whenever you get a comment from a reader for the first time, be sure to thank that person. Create a special landing page with links to the best content and pages on your site for new commentators. If the new commentator has a blog, be sure to visit and comment on it. Follow them on social media and offer them something free to subscribe to your blog.

This article is written by: Steven works for web application development company GO-Gulf.com that specializes on offering Web designing and SEO services in Dubai and Middle East.

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4 Common Blogging Fears: How to Chase Them Down

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Blogging fears, Most people aren’t afraid to try something new—they’re afraid they will fail at that new endeavor whether you’re “something new” is weight loss, a new diet – weight loss fears, starting a blog – Blogging fears, starting your own online business – Online Business fears, or any other fears, known that you can overcome your fears, in this article we are going to identify the most common fears people have when they start a new blog or a new diet and how to chase them down.

1. Blogging Fears of Being Ridiculed

If you have a lot of weights to lose, it might seem intimidating to go to a gym or even go for a run outside, where other people seem to be in much better shape already. Likewise, it might be scary to post your writing on the Internet—what will people comment?

No change ever happens in your comfort zone. Take a risk, step outside, publish that article and reap the rewards. Understand that everyone has to start somewhere. I found a great quote on Pinterest that said, “A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.” It’s very true—if you don’t start now, you’ll only postpone your change.

It’s all about baby steps. Start small—a walk around the block, one post on your blog—and build up from there.

2. Blogging Fears of Failure

When we start something new, we’re usually not very confident in our abilities. If you are looking to lose weight, you might not be comfortable in your own skin. If you are looking to start a blog, you might not think your writing is worthy of others reading. We all feel like this.

Understand that it takes a time to see results, in your physical appearance or in your readership. Set a realistic goal for yourself: Lose one pound a week or write one post per week. Even if there are a few weeks where you feel unsuccessful, keep going and know that you will see results eventually.

3. Blogging Fears of the Unknown

This fear can come in the form of trying a new lifestyle, changing your diet, starting an exercise routine, publishing your first post, writing for an audience, receiving comments, or any number of other things that you were previously unfamiliar with. Maybe you’re not sure what kind of time frame to expect to see results with a new diet or blog.

Kick this fear by reminding yourself of your goals and finding your determination. Look back on goals you have already completed and look at your specific goals for the future that you are working toward.

4. Blogging Fears of Progression

Similar to the fear of the unknown, the fear of progression can prevent actual change. Being in your comfort zone is very safe, and venturing out can be scary.

When you start to see changes or improvements, acknowledge them and keep moving forward. It’s tempting to reward yourself with a day or two of binging or slacking off, but to continue to see change and to reach your goals, you need to keep progressing to chase blogging fears down.

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All You Need to Know About Internet Marketing

Online Internet marketing is the process wherein one markets his or her products and services on the online platform.. There is a usual misconception among people that online marketing is all about websites and blogs. This is far from reality. In fact, just owing a website and putting your products is never adequate. A million websites are made everyday and a million are destroyed. What makes an online product stand apart from several others of its kind is the main question. Content and domain name can be added by any tom, dick and harry. Experience and a strategic planning in the field of online marketing is important.

Online marketing is done through a variety of tools, be it websites, social media or blogs. It has become the need of hour from businesses, as they are transforming themselves and opting for online platform to market their products and ideas. It is undoubtedly a booming choice among the tech-freaks, as it gives you the freedom of time and money. Let us have a look on how is it done.

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Ways to do Online Marketing

Online marketing, also referred to as Internet marketing is basically accomplished in the following two ways:

  1. Search engine optimization (SEO)
  2. Search engine marketing (SEM)

Many more ways are being discovered everyday by the experts.

What is SEO?

SEO is basically search engine optimization. It means that the owner of the website needs to customize the content of the website in such a way that it suits the search engines aptly. It involves using backlinks, internal links and much more. Original and quality content has redefined SEO in the recent days with the arrival of Google Panda Update.

What is SEM?

SEM or Search Engine marketing serves similar to SEO. You get paid for every click, when you visit some specific websites. Similarly, you get paid for inclusion in a particular website. All these measures combined with a few more like contextual advertising boost the search engine visibility of any website or blog. To cap it all, SEM refers to the linking of advertisements with relevant content to improve its rankings in the top search engines like Google.

Affiliate Marketing

It is an effective way to market your products and services. As a vendor, you hire affiliates who get paid by you, every time they successfully promote your product. It is soon becoming a much-accepted way of doing online marketing. One must think of affiliate marketing, if he or she aims at reaching a vast target audience in quick time.

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter and other such social media marketing websites are gaining huge names in the world of online marketing. The fact that more and more people around the world use these websites emphasis’s on the importance of these websites in providing a great platform to put forward and spread your online business.

Author – Gaurav Jaggi of techmean writes on cool Internet Marketing tips, and detailed reviews on the hottest gadgets and gizmos.

Everything you should know about Google Panda [Infograph]

Google Panda has now become the biggest fear to those who runs blogs/sites everyone wants to prevent their site from being affected. Google Panda updates has effect several sites now and so people want to know every tactics behind this algorithm to protect blog’s from being affected.

Single Grain has explained everything very beautifully about Google Panda in this Infograph. This will help you learn everything about Google Panda, Panda Timeline, what makes your site vulnerable, link building rules, and many other helpful effective ways. Click on the Infographic to get bigger resolution.

Google Panda in Plain English

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Once you are done with this infograph take a look here. Google Panda in plain English says – panda acts as a quality filter on search results, using survey data to determine desirable and undesirable site characteristics.

What Makes Your Site vulnerable?

  • A low amount of original content on a site.
  • Low or no quality inbound links to a page or site.
  • Low visit times on a page or site.
  • A high % of duplicate content this might apply to individual pages, to the entire site or both.
  • High bounce rate on a page or site.
  • A high % of pages with low original content.
  • High % of boilerplate content.
  • A high amount of irrelevant adverts.
  • Page content and title tag not matching search.
  • Unnatural overuse of a word on a page.

New Link Building Rules

Do:

  • Build brand-name anchor text links.
  • Use content-based link building.
  • Aim for quality, and not quantity.
  • Use on-site linkbait to draw extra links.

Don’t:

  • Avoid using the same anchor text for links.
  • Don’t use article spinning services to build links.
  • Avoid article marketing when link-building.
  • Avoid links in guest posts that aren’t relevant.

What To Do If Your Site’s Been Hit

  • Locate problem.
  • Break it down.
  • Delete + improve.
  • Streamline.
  • Promote on social media.

Make as many of these changes as you can at once. This helps shake the penalty quickly. You can also request reconsideration of your site through webmaster tool.

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